Litton Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $338.2 million contract to build DDG 100, an additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyer for the United States Navy.
In total, Litton Ingalls has now been awarded contracts to build 24 Aegis destroyers, of which 13 ships have already been delivered. A 14th ship, USS Lassen (DDG 82), completed successful initial predelivery sea trials last month, and will be commissioned in mid-2001.
The Navy plans a total of 57 ships in the DDG 51 program, of which 51 have now been procured.
Aegis ships are designed to provide primary protection for the US Navy’s battle forces. The ships are 509.5 feet long, with a beam of 66 feet. Four gas turbine engines power the 9,238-ton ships to speeds in excess of 30 knots.