The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at $3.9 billion for the construction of four Arleigh Burke-class DDG 51 destroyers.
The destroyers are being procured in a Flight III configuration, relying on a stable and mature design while delivering critical integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability with the AN/SPY6(V)(1) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
“We are pleased with the opportunity for Bath Iron Works to continue our participation in the DDG 51 Program and to deliver much needed capability to our US. Navy customer,” said Dirk Lesko, President of Bath Iron Works. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GD BIW) is a business unit of General Dynamics.
Lesko said Maine’s Congressional delegation was instrumental in supporting passage of legislation that enabled this contract award.
“We would like to thank the entire Maine delegation for their support for both Navy shipbuilding and BIW, and specifically for recognizing the importance of the Arleigh Burke class destroyers for our nation’s security,” he said.
There are currently four DDG 51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works: Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122) and Harvey C. Barnum (DDG 124) with two more in backlog, Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127). BIW also is building the third Zumwalt-class destroyer, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002).