Bath Iron Works christens Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001)

JUNE 20, 2016 — General Dynamics Bath Iron Works christened the U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001,) last Saturday. The ship is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael

Ingalls awarded funding for DDG 123 construction

MARCH 31, 2016 — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) reports that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $618 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile

DDG 1000 is out on sea trials

 No other details yet, but a couple of photos have been released and a couple of video clips have cropped up on YouTube, all of which show the dramatic difference between the vessel’s stealthy tumblehome hull form with wavepiercing bow and the exteriors of more traditional destroyers.

The “Star Wars” flavor of the ship is not confined to its external appearance: DDG 1000 introduces a wide range of new technologies including Electric Drive/Integrated Power Systems, ship control and damage control automation, and a totally integrated, ship-wide command & control systems. Generating far more power than the DDG 51 ships, DDG 1000 is suitable for future deployment of directed energy beam weapons and the electromagnetic railgun, both of which are under intensive development.

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Ingalls authenticates keel of Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

The Aegis guided missile destroyer, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). DDG 117 is the 31st ship in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class of destroyers Ingalls is building for the U.S. Navy.

“The keel authentication is an important milestone in a ship’s life and it’s really a foundation upon which the ship is made,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Paul Ignatius epitomizes the leadership and agility that has propelled our nation forward – I couldn’t think of a better namesake for DDG 117. Over the coming years as we build this great ship, our shipbuilders know what we do is important. We are building great ships to defend our nation, to protect the brave men and women who will serve on this ship and come back safely home to their families.”

Ingalls welder Reginald Whisenhunt welded the initials of two authenticators — the ship’s namesake Paul Ignatius and 26-year shipbuilder Bill Jones, an Ingalls hull superintendent —onto a steel plate signifying the keel of DDG 117 to be “truly and fairly laid.”

The plate will remain affixed to the ship throughout the ship’s lifetime.

“It is a pleasure for me to be here with Huntington Ingalls officials and the men and women who are building DDG 117,” said Mr. Ignatius, whose wife, Nancy Ignatius, is the ship’s sponsor. “DDG 117 will become part of our country’s proud destroyer tradition. Built tougher than steel by one of America’s leading shipbuilders, constructed by dedicated and skilled shipyard technicians and manned eventually by the world’s finest naval officers and seamen, this new ship will sail for many decades into the future.”

“Every time the men and women of Ingalls craft another destroyer, they build a living, lasting remembrance of either the courage, the leadership or the intellectual contribution of the very best that the Navy and Marine Corps have to offer,” said Capt. Mark Vandroff, the Navy’s DDG 51 program manager.

Ingalls is building three other destroyers — John Finn (DDG 113), which is scheduled to be delivered in 2016, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), which will launch by the end of the year and Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), which started construction in July.

To date, Ingalls has delivered 28 DDG 51 destroyers to the U.S. Navy. .

Rolls-Royce completes Zumwalt deliveries

JULY 28, 2015 — Rolls-Royce has delivered the twin fixed pitch propellers for installation on the future USS Zumwalt, the first ship of the DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class. Delivery of the

Ingalls christens DDG 113 John Finn

MAY 4, 2015 —  Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the company’s 29th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), May 2. DDG 113 is

Delivery of first two Zumwalt class destroyers delayed

MARCH 10, 2015 — Delivery of the first two destroyers in the Zumwalt class has been pushed back by the Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. Delivery of the lead

Ingalls starts fabrication of DDG 117

OCTOBER 1, 2014 — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division yesterday marked the start of fabrication for the future Aegis-guided missile destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). Paul Ignatius, the ship’s namesake,

DDG 1000 marks another milestone

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 — NAVSEA reports that the Navy’s Zumwalt class (DDG 1000) destroyer program continues to achieve key shipbuilding milestones. The first-of-class ship, the future USS Zumwalt, completed ship generator light-off

Ingalls Shipbuilding authenticates DDG 114 keel

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division yesterday authenticated the keel for the company’s 30th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). Ship sponsor Georgeann McRaven, wife