The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GD BIW) a contract to build a fifth DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer as part of the FY 2018-2022 multi-year award announced in September.
In the most recent multi-year competition, BIW was awarded four ships. The Navy held a separate competition for an option ship as part of its commitment to growing the fleet. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer will be funded in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
“Bath Iron Works is privileged to continue producing state-of-the-art surface combatants for the longest running naval shipbuilding program in our nation’s history,” said Dirk Lesko, President of Bath Iron Works. “This award demonstrates the vital role the DDG 51 plays in the security posture of the United States and the confidence the Navy has in our shipyard to produce these important assets.”
Arleigh-Burke class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. They are capable of fighting anti-air (AAW), anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) simultaneously, and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems designed to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.
The ships are 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and are capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.
There are currently five DDG 51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works: the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), the future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), the future USS John Basilone (DDG 122), the future USS Harvey C. Barnum (DDG 124) and the future USS Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127). The shipyard’s backlog includes the future USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and the five ships that are part of the multi-year contract awarded in this fall.
BIW is also building the third Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002). The warship was launched earlier this month.