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Navy awards $936 million contract for Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Delbert Black (DDG 119) conducts the second builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Navy/Released)

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $936 million contract for construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (DDG 51), the shipyard announced Tuesday.

“We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our shipbuilders, and in the capabilities of our world-class shipyard,” said Ingalls president Brian Cuccias. “This contract award provides great momentum for Ingalls and our more than 600 suppliers, in nearly 40 states, as we enter the second half of the year. We continue to focus on high performance and providing the greatest value possible to our customers.”

The Pascagoula shipyard was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive contract in 2018 to build six Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers for the Navy.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker praised the contract.

“Today’s announcement from the U.S. Navy is a huge vote of confidence for the talented shipyard workers at Huntington Ingalls and is excellent news for the men and women of our fleet,” Wicker said. “Exercising the option for an additional destroyer helps keep our production lines stable and brings us one ship closer to our 355-ship fleet goal.

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“This new destroyer will serve as a flexible, capable, and powerful deterrent to our nation’s adversaries for decades to come.”

Ingalls has delivered 32 destroyers to the Navy and has four more under construction, including Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) and Ted Stevens (DDG 128). Ingalls delivered Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) to the Navy in April.

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