In 2018, Ingalls was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive, multiyear contract for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers for the U.S. Navy.
“We take great pride in the craftsmanship of our shipbuilders, and in the capabilities of our world-class shipyard. This contract award provides great momentum for Ingalls and our more than 600 suppliers, in nearly 40 states, as we enter the second half of the year. We continue to focus on high performance and providing the greatest value possible to our customers.”
Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President
Ingalls has delivered 32 destroyers to the Navy and has four more under construction including Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) and Ted Stevens (DDG 128). Ingalls delivered Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) to the Navy in April.
Ingalls Shipbuilding officially started fabrication of the third Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyer for the U.S. Navy, the future USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128) in April this year. DDG 128 will be the second Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built in the Flight III configuration by HII at Ingalls Shipbuilding, following DDG 125 Jack H. Lucas, the first Flight III ship. DDG 126 Louis H. Wilson Jr. is being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. DDG 127 is a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built in a previous configuration known as Flight IIA Technology Insertion.
About DDG 51 Flight III Destroyer
Flight III destroyers will have improved capability and capacity to perform Anti-Air Warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense in support of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense mission. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare.
The Flight III design contains modifications from the earlier DDG 51 class, to enable the SPY-6 radar, in association with Aegis Baseline 10, which includes larger electronically scanned arrays and the power generation and cooling equipment required to operate the powerful new radar.