U.S. Navy Extends Maintenance Contract of Four DDG 51 Class Destroyers Deployed at Naval Station Rota, Spain

The U.S. Navy has confirmed the extension of the maintenance work to be carried out on the four DDG 51 class destroyers deployed at the Naval Station Rota in Spain.

The contract with Navantia entered into force in November 2013 with a deadline of one + six years of extension and would end in November 2020.

The amount of this new extension reaches 57 million euros, so the ceiling of expenditure of the entire program adds up to 261 million. In total, it means 3.1 million working hours. In it, Navantia provides more than 1,000 direct jobs, plus 4,000 in the auxiliary industry. Overall it, taking into account also indirect jobs, add up to 12,500 jobs.

The U.S. Navy is one of the most demanding clients that Navantia has, so this extension of the contract can be interpreted as a success. The performance performed by the company is evaluated semiannually by the U.S. Navy, having achieved an exceptional rating for each and every one of the periods examined to date.

The contract with the Navy is part of the policy developed by Navantia to consolidate its international presence and maintain the workload in all shipyards. In this case, the main beneficiary will be the Bay of Cádiz, as will the contract signed with Saudi Arabia for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800 million euros. Thanks to the same, about 6,000 direct and indirect employees will be generated each year.

Arleigh Burke/ DDG 51 Class Destroyer

The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is the U.S. Navy’s first class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar.

The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke’s lifetime.

These warships were designed as multi-mission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles (SAM); anti-submarine warfare (ASW), with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (Aegis BMD or ABMD), the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile anti-ballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms.

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