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Ingalls to build DDG 123

1st April 2016 - 14:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has been awarded a $618 million contract modification by the US Navy to build the Arleigh Burke class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 123, HII announced on 30 March.

The ship is the fourth of five destroyers under a contract that the company received in June 2013. The five-ship contract forms a part of a multi-year procurement in the DDG 51 programme. Ingalls will be building the destroyers until 2023 with the latest contract.

George Nungesser, DDG 51 program manager, Ingalls Shipbuilding, said: ‘This will be the 34th Arleigh Burke destroyer built at Ingalls, and we thrive on this experience. Maintaining the same shipbuilding teams from ship to ship is paying dividends to our learning curve. The US Navy sailors manning this future DDG deserve the best quality, and our shipbuilders will provide that in a way that is the most cost-effective.’

Ingalls is currently building the destroyers USS Frank E. Peterson Jr. (DDG 121), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and John Finn (DDG 113). Arleigh Burke-class destroyers can perform operations including power projection, sea control, crisis management and peacetime presence. DDGs are capable of simultaneously fighting subsurface, surface and air battles.

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