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June 11, 2018

BIW awarded $50M DDG 51 lead yard services contract

Photo / Tim Greenway
Photo / Tim Greenway
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a contract to provide lead yard services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer program. The first year of the contract is worth $49.8 million, with four option years that would bring its total contract value to $304.8 million.

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a contract to provide lead yard services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer program.

The contract is valued at $49.8 million for the first year, with four option years that would bring its total contract value to $304.8 million.

BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is the lead shipyard and design agent for the Arleigh Burke class and since 1987 has provided design and technical assistance for design upgrades and major changes to the two shipyards currently building DDG 51-class destroyers: BIW's shipyard in Bath and the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

"This contract enables our efforts to complete a Flight III design upgrade in support of the U.S. Navy's strategy for acquiring ships with additional capability in fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 20 21," said Dirk Lesko, president of Bath Iron Works.

BIW is building five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers — Thomas Hudner (DDG 116); Daniel Inouye (DDG 118); Carl M. Levin (DDG 120); John Basilone (DDG 122); and Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) — as well as Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), the third in the Zumwalt class of destroyers.

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