The US Navy has contracted Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to construct the Arleigh Burke Class (DDG 51) destroyer DDG 113.
The guided missile destroyer will be constructed with several offensive and defensive weapons designed to support the maritime defence needs of the US Navy.
DDG 113 will conduct peacetime operations, crisis management and sea control operations to enhance naval capabilities of the US.
Ingalls Shipbuilding will also equip the destroyer with simultaneous air, surface and subsurface combat capabilities.
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The award represents phase I of the acquisition approach for FY11/FY12 DDG 51s, while phase II involves the procurement of up to three additional ships.