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April 2014 Issue

Huntington Ingalls to Build DDG-119 for US Navy
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (Newport News, Virginia) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $602 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) guided missile destroyer DDG-119 for the U.S. Navy. The yet-to-be-named ship is the second of five DDG-51 destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. The modification also includes an additional $79.4 million in advance procurement for future destroyers.

The multiyear procurement allows Ingalls to build ships more efficiently by buying bulk material and moving around skilled workforce. With the five-ship contract, Ingalls will be building DDGs over the next decade.

Ingalls has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the U.S. Navy and has two additional vessels under construction. Ingalls laid the keel for John Finn (DDG-113) in November 2013 and will lay the keel for Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) in the third quarter of 2014. Start of fabrication for Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), the first ship included in the multiyear contract, will also take place in the third quarter of 2014.


US Navy Awards Bath Iron Works $642.5 Million for Destroyer
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine) a contract valued at $642.5 million to construct an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. This brings the total number of ships to be constructed by the company under a multiyear procurement to five, and the total value of the contract to $3.4 billion.

There are currently two DDG-51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works, Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116). The shipyard began fabrication on DDG-115 in November 2011, and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2016. Fabrication on DDG-116 began in November 2012, and delivery to the Navy is set for 2017.


Austal to Construct LCS-18 And LCS-20 for US Navy
Austal USA’s (Mobile, Alabama) order backlog has grown by approximately $684 million as a result of two additional littoral combat ship (LCS) contract options being exercised by the U.S. Navy.

The contract options fund construction of the LCS-18 and LCS-20, the seventh and eighth ships in the 10-ship block buy award made to an Austal-led team in December 2010. That 10-ship program is potentially worth more than $3.5 billion.


Tomahawk Block IV Missile Completes Successful Communications Testing
Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) and the United States Navy have successfully tested the communications advancements to the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile.

During a flight test, a Raytheon-built Tomahawk Block IV missile, launched from the USS Sterett, flew a preprogrammed route while receiving updates from a simulated maritime operations center and from advanced offboard sensors updating the missile’s target location. Throughout the flight, the missile maintained communications with all the command and control assets and provided updates on its location before hitting the target.

The flight test further highlighted the importance of Tomahawk’s loitering capability. As targets change in the battlespace, the missile has the ability to be redirected to a new aim point.


US Navy Delivers Two MH-60Rs To Royal Australian Navy
The U.S. Navy delivered two MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), marking a significant milestone for the international alliance between the U.S. and Australia. The advanced, proven helicopters are currently the cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare operations, and the RAN will benefit from the next-generation capabilities with a fleet of 24 Romeos.

This is “the first time we pack a punch now using the Hellfire missile that we’ve never had before,” said RAN Commanding Officer David Frost. “It’s been a capability gap that we’re now going to be able to fill with this aircraft. It’s an aircraft that’s jam-packed with sensors the likes of which we’ve never seen and the U.S. Navy are still coming to grips with.”

The entire fleet of 24 aircraft will be delivered to the RAN by 2017.


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