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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 241-01
May 31, 2001

NAVY DELAYS DD 21 SOURCE SELECTION DECISION

The Navy announced today it is delaying source selection for the DD 21 program to take advantage of the results of the ongoing reviews being conducted within the Department of Defense.

"This is a significant program approaching a significant milestone," said Under Secretary of the Navy Robert B. Pirie, Jr. "As we continue to look at how the Navy will be shaped in the 21st century by participating in the ongoing strategic reviews, it is only prudent to ensure DD 21 reflects the results of those reviews."

Those reviews include the Secretary of Defense's defense strategy review, the Quadrennial Defense Review, and a recently chartered future shipbuilding review being led by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics).

The two competing DD 21 teams will continue their system development efforts under the Fiscal Year 2001 Phase II contract. This work will focus on continued development of critical DD 21 technologies and reducing program risk.

The "Blue Team" is led by Bath Iron Works with Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems, Moorestown, N.J., and the "Gold Team" is led by Ingalls Shipbuilding, with Raytheon Systems Co., Falls Church, Va.