The U.S. Navy today
awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract valued at $1.9 billion to build four additional DDG 51-class Aegis-guided missile destroyers.
The contract, awarded to Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector in Pascagoula, includes the immediate award of four ships. The contract is part of a multiyear procurement plan under which the Navy is awarding multiple ships under a single contract.
"This contract is a reflection of the professionalism, workmanship, quality consciousness and dedication demonstrated in the
Aegis destroyer program," said Dr. Philip A. Dur
, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems
sector. "We have established an outstanding relationship with our customer while building these ships and we are determined to continue
receiving excellent ratings in the Navy's assessments of our performance. With this contract, our business base remains solid
Today's announcement brings the total ships awarded in this program to 60. Based on this four-ship award to Northrop Grumman Ship
Systems, the company will have received contracts for 28 Aegis destroyers, with 17 of these ships already delivered.
Under this multiyear contract, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works shipyard will build one more ship
each in fiscal years 2002 through 2005. Bath Iron Works will also build an additional option ship in fiscal 2004 and 2005. This arrangement was part of an agreement in June among the Navy and the shipyards that transferred the construction of four LPD 17 amphibious
assault ships from Bath Iron Works to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
"The Aegis program has been the focus of the Ingalls shipyard for 25 years as 19 Aegis cruisers were delivered through 1994," said
The Navy's Aegis fleet provides primary protection for the Navy's battle forces. Aegis destroyers, designed to match maximum survivability with potent offensive capability, are 509.5 ft. long, with a beam of 66.5 ft. Four gas turbine engines power the 9,300-ton
ships to speeds in excess of 30 knots. The destroyers' Aegis Combat
System is the world's foremost naval weapons system.