Huntington Ingalls Awarded $936 Million for Construction of Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Future USS Thad Cochran (DDG-135)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is awarded a $936 million contract modification to exercise the fiscal 2020 option for the construction of the Flight III DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Thad Cochran (DDG-135).

This modification also includes options for engineering change proposals, design budgeting requirements and post-delivery availabilities on the fiscal 2020 option ship. If exercised, the cumulative value of the fiscal 2020 option ship will increase to around $947.7 million. The Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00024-18-C-2307).

The contract work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (91%); Erie, Pennsylvania (1%); and other locations below 1% (collectively totaling 8%), and is expected to be completed by June 2027.

The original fixed-price incentive, multiyear procurement contract (N00024-18-C-2307), worth $5.1 billion, was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2018 for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers for the Navy.

“We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our shipbuilders, and in the capabilities of our world-class shipyard,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “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 destroyer is named in honor of late U.S. Senator and Navy veteran Thad Cochran.

Cochran, a Pontotoc native, began his military career at the University of Mississippi with the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve (USNR) after graduating from the University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

He served on the staff of the Commandant of the Eighth Naval District in New Orleans, Louisiana; taught military law and naval orientation at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island; and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He completed his service in the U.S. Navy in 1961.

Cochran went on to serve in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978 and represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 2018. He was recognized as the 10th longest-serving senator in the history of the United States. He resigned in April 2018 due to health concerns and died on May 30, 2019.

The future USS Thad Cochran will be capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. The ships are 509 feet long, have a beam of 59 feet and be capable of operating in excess of 30 knots.

Flight III Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer
Artist’s rendering of a U.S. Navy Flight III DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

The Arleigh Burke-class vessels are being constructed at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) in Bath, Maine and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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

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