The US Navy has awarded a new contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division to provide a range of services in support of the USS Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) programme.
The $27m cost-plus-award fee contract will see the company offer services such as liaison and technical support, engineering, design and configuration management, systems engineering, turnkey management and crew training.
In addition, the agreement includes four additional option years, which if exercised will bring the total potential value of the contract to $181.4m.
Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “This contract highlights our shipyard’s versatility in handling all aspects of shipbuilding for the navy.
“We have a long tradition of building DDG 51-class ships, and this contract supports configuration management and engineering design support of the construction contracts.
“We look forward to continuing this success in providing the most technologically advanced destroyers to the US Navy so the men and women sailing these ships will have the most modern tools necessary to protect our freedom.”
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The company has delivered a total of 30 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to the US Navy to date.
Several additional DDG 51 vessels are also currently under construction at the Ingalls shipyard, including Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D Black (DDG 119), Frank E Petersen Jr (DDG 121) and Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123).
The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class vessels are highly capable, multi-mission ships that have been designed to carry out a wide variety of operations, ranging from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection activities.
The navy ships are capable of fighting air, surface and sub-surface battles simultaneously and have been equipped with several offensive and defensive weapons that are optimised for maritime defence applications.