BATH — Bath Iron Works, which employs about 5,400 workers, said it received a $26 million modification to an existing contract for work on the DDG 1000 class of destroyers.

“We’re very happy to get that work,” said Bath Iron Works spokesman Jim DeMartini. “It allows us to continue doing what we’re doing. No new people will be hired.”

The contract calls for detailed design and construction work, including technical and industrial engineering on the DDG 1000 destroyers, according to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority share owner of The Portland Press Herald.

“The contract will help keep workers on the job designing and building the DDG 1000 this winter and help keep the work force at BIW on the job,” Pingree said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the destroyer Michael Murphy left Bath Iron Works and headed out to sea. Its homeport will be Pearl Harbor. Bath Iron Works is a unit of General Dynamics Corp.