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Ingalls gets $618 million Navy destroyer contract

By WESLEY MULLER

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The USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 is the same class of destroyer as the DDG 114 which is being built in Pascagoula.
The USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 is the same class of destroyer as the DDG 114 which is being built in Pascagoula.

PASCAGOULA -- Huntington Ingalls Industries has received a $618 million contract modification to fund the construction of a new guided-missile destroyer for the U.S. Navy.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer (DDG 123) is the fourth of five destroyers Ingalls is slated to build as part of a multi-year contract awarded in June 2013. The defense contractor was awarded $55 million in advance procurement for DDG 123, making the full contract worth a total of $673 million, spokesman Bill Glenn said in a press release.

"DDG" is the standard NATO designation for guided-missile destroyers.

"This will be the 34th Arleigh Burke destroyer built at Ingalls, and we thrive on this experience," Ingalls program manager George Nungesser said. "Maintaining the same shipbuilding teams from ship to ship is paying dividends to our learning curve. The U.S. 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."

The five-ship contract allows Ingalls to build ships more efficiently by buying bulk material and moving the skilled workforce from ship to ship. With this contract, Ingalls will be building destroyers through 2023, Glenn said.

Ingalls has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. Destroyers under construction at Ingalls are the John Finn (DDG 113), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) and Frank E. Peterson Jr. (DDG 121).

The destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles.

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