PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 13, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Navy Friday awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $90 million contract modification for transition to production activities leading to the construction of one of the first two Zumwalt-class destroyers.
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"As we move towards the construction, this award provides the necessary funding to have materials and production planning ready," said Brian Cuccias, Northrop Grumman vice president of DDG 1000. "Our employees stand prepared and ready to build this magnificent ship."
Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide the U.S. Navy multi-mission surface combatants with advanced land attack capability in support of the ground campaign and contribute to naval, joint, or combined battle-space dominance in littoral operations. It will operate as part of a joint maritime fleet, assisting Marine strike forces ashore. DDG 1000's affordable and flexible design, unmatched stealth and precision volume strike make this ship an important asset to the U.S. warfighter.
The DDG 1000 class ship displaces approximately 14,564 tons, is 600 feet long, has a beam of 80.7 feet, a navigational draft of 27.6 feet and a ship's crew of 142, including the aviation detachment.
Work will be performed at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems sector's Pascagoula, Miss. and Gulfport, Miss. facilities.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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