$1.8 billion for DD(X)

The recent passage of the defense budget by the House includes $1.1 billion to continue development of the DD(X) program and $716 million to begin construction of the first ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi:

Monday’s action ends a dispute between the House and Senate that threatened to scrub the DD(X) program and force the Navy to continue building less-expensive DDG-51 destroyers.

Bath Iron Works, which would help build half of the 12 ships planned, would get a $50 million down payment. The legislation also includes $50 million for BIW to modernize DDG destroyers in an effort to reduce crew size.

Bath Iron Works had been hoping for authorization to build one more DDG-51 in order to avoid a gap between the classes in its yard, but no dice.