US Navy Orders Two More Billion-Dollar DDG1000 Destroyers

The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a
subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $1.8 billion contract for the
construction of DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, the next two ships in the
Zumwalt-class program. DDG 1001 is scheduled to be delivered in December
2015 and DDG 1002 is scheduled to be delivered in February 2018.

“This contract enables us to maintain a strong base of quality
shipbuilding jobs in Maine and continue our contributions to sustaining
the U.S. Navy fleet,” said Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works.
“It provides Bath Iron Works with a healthy backlog of work and reflects
the Navy’s continued commitment to the DDG-1000 program, as well as
their confidence in our ability to build and deliver all three ships of
this class.”

Geiger said, “Winning this work is a result of our commitment to
operational excellence and to finding more efficient, affordable ways to
operate in every part of our business. It gives us the opportunity to
continue introducing new and innovative ways to build capable ships for
the Navy.”

“We appreciate all the support the Maine Congressional delegation has
provided to this program. Their commitment to national defense and their
advocacy on behalf of the workers of Maine has been a crucial factor,”
Geiger said.

The first ship in the class, DDG-1000, is over 50 percent complete and
is scheduled to be delivered in 2014. The DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class
destroyer is the U.S. Navy’s next-generation, guided-missile naval
destroyer, leading the way for a new generation of advanced
multi-mission surface combat ships. The ships will feature a low radar
profile, an integrated power system and a total ship computing
environment infrastructure. Armed with an array of weapons, the
Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide offensive, distributed and
precision fires in support of forces ashore.

Work is already underway at the Bath, Maine, shipyard on DDG 1001 and
DDG 1002. Congress previously approved funding for advanced procurement
and initial construction of these ships. Bath Iron Works is the lead
designer and builder for the program which employs approximately 5,400
people.

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