On December 27 the U.S. Navy awarded a $409 million contract modification to Bath Iron Works
, a business unit of General Dynamics to build DDG 106, an Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Class destroyer, and for advance procurement
for ships to be built in 2004-2005. Bath Iron Works is the lead designer and builder of the DDG 51-class destroyers.
This contract modification provides funding for a previously announced ship that was awarded to the company as part of a seven-ship multiyear contract in September 2002. Bath Iron Works has 14 DDG-51 Class destroyers in its backlog, including DDG 106.