March 17, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at
to construct an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The award brings the total number of ships to be constructed by Bath Iron Works under a multi-year procurement to five, and the total value of the contract to approximately
. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
There are currently two DDG 51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works,
(DDG 115) and
(DDG 116). The shipyard began fabrication on DDG 115
, and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2016. Fabrication on DDG 116
, and that ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2017.
Bath Iron Works is also building the three ships in the planned three-vessel
-class of destroyers,
(DDG 1001) and
(DDG 1002). All three ships are progressing in construction with the christening of Zumwalt (DDG 1000) scheduled for
April 12, 2014
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles. It operates in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups, providing a complete array of anti-submarine (ASW), anti-air (AAW) and anti-surface (SuW) capabilities. Designed for survivability, the ships incorporate all-steel construction and have gas turbine propulsion. The combination of the ships' AEGIS combat system, the Vertical Launching System, an advanced ASW system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles make the Arleigh Burke
class the most powerful surface combatant ever put to sea.
Bath Iron Works currently employs approximately 5,400 people.