Huntington Ingalls Industries's (HII) shipbuilding division has secured a $604.3m contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer DDG 121 for the US Navy.
The unnamed vessel is the third in a series of five DDG 51 destroyers. HII received this five-ship contract in June 2013 ais part of a multi-year procurement in the DDG 51 programme of US Navy.
DDG 51 programme manager George Nungesser said:"We now have a hot production line in the shipyard where we can maintain our highly skilled shipbuilding crews in the same working areas for each ship.
"This will allow increased learning and provide the most efficient way to reduce cost and schedule while building quality ships for the United States Navy."
The multi-mission Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.
DDGs, which are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface threats using a of a range of weapons, are designed to support the current maritime defence needs.
To date, Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the navy.
Recently, Ingalls launched the DDG 51 Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), at its shipyard. The delivery of the vessel is scheduled in the third quarter of 2016.
Other DDGs that are currently under construction at Ingalls are Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) and Delbert D. Black (DDG 119).
Image: The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS William P Lawrence (DDG-110), is the 60th ship in her class. Photo: courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.