Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $936,032,309 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2307 to exercise the fiscal 2020 option for the construction of a USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class ship (DDG 135). This modification also includes options for engineering change proposals, design budgeting requirements and post-delivery availabilities on the fiscal 2020 option ship.
If exercised, the cumulative value of the fiscal 2020 option ship will increase to $947,695,871. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi ; and other locations, and is expected to be completed by June 2027. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $926,032,309 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
USS Thad Cochran (DDG-135) is a planned Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy, the 85th overall for the class. She will be named in honor of Republican U.S. Senator represented Mississippi, William Thad Cochran, who was a U.S. Navy ensign during 1959–1961, he also served as longtime chairman of Committee on Armed Services in United States Senate. Cochran was a strong advocate for national defense and “a courtly voice for cooperation and civility in American politics. Cochran served six years in the House before winning a Senate seat in 1978.
The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher.