PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $14 million base contract to perform an extended selected restricted availability on the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). With all options exercised, the total contract value would be $21.4 million. USS Ramage was originally built at Ingalls and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1995.
“Ingalls has a longstanding tradition in the overhaul/modernization business,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “We are pleased with the Navy’s confidence in us to perform this work on DDG 61. It was the fifth Aegis destroyer built at Ingalls, and our shipbuilders are looking forward to performing quality work on the ship so she can return to the Navy with enhanced capability on or ahead of schedule.”
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The overhaul includes ship alterations, repairs, testing and procurement of materials. Work is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2017.
“Ingalls has a successful history of performing repair and overhaul, especially for the DDG 51 program,” said George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager. “We are eager to demonstrate to the Navy that our shipbuilders will execute this overhaul with the highest level of commitment and quality.”
Ingalls has built and delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. The shipyard currently has five more under construction, including John Finn (DDG 113), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) and Frank E. Patterson Jr. (DDG 121). Ingalls will start fabrication on Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) in the first quarter of 2017.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States’ military strategy. They are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ships contain myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.
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