DDG-51 Construction To Continue By Northrop Grumman

by: Matthew Potter
December 29, 2009

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Due to the restructuring of the plans for the new U.S. Navy destroyer program the U.S. Department of Defense decided to continue building the DDG-51 Arliegh Burke Class ships. Originally this ship was to end its production as more DDG-1000 were ordered and delivered. The Obama Administration and Secretary of Defense Gates decided to cut back on the plans as the program was running late and over budget. To make up for these changes it was decided to keep building DDG-51 class ships.

These ships are made by either Northrop Grumman or General Dynamics at their respective yards. Northrop Grumman received recently a contract to provide long lead materials for the next ship they will build, DDG-113. The contract has a value of over $100 million. The Arliegh Burke’s have been in service now for almost two decades and the DDG-1000 would have been larger, more stealthy and with newer systems. The DDG-51 are certainly capable and have been upgraded as time has passed.

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