U.S. company General Dynamics says its Bath Iron Works subsidiary was awarded funding from the Navy to purchase long lead material for DDG 51 class destroyer program.
Under the $114 million deal, DDG 51 class lead shipbuilder Bath Iron Works will procure needed material for the potential future production of the DDG 115 guided missile destroyer for the Navy.
"This award is the first step leading to continued construction of Aegis destroyers at Bath Iron Works for many years to come," Bath Iron Works President Jeff Geiger said in a statement.
"As the lead shipbuilder of the class, we have a track record of excellent performance in both procurement and construction activities across the 31 ships of this class we've built in the last 2 1/2 decades. We're excited about the opportunity to continue that performance."