BATH, Maine, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy funding for the planning and construction of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer has been awarded to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.
The $644.3 million award fully funds DDG 124 under a 2013 contract for five ships.
"This funding will allow us to continue our efforts associated with planning and construction of DDG 124," said Fred Harris, president of Bath Iron Works. "The men and women of Bath Iron Works are working hard to continuously improve our processes as we contribute to the U.S. Navy's important shipbuilding programs."
The Navy has named DDG 124 the Harvey C. Barnum Jr., after a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles. They are of all-steel construction and feature the Aegis combat system, a vertical launching system, an advanced anti-submarine warfare system, anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles.