Bath Iron Works gets nod for fifth destroyer
The Bath shipyard had previously been awarded contracts to build four of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
"This additional destroyer will not only help add stability to the workforce at BIW and result in greater savings for the taxpayers, but it will also allow the Navy to send another [destroyer] to sea when the Navy's fleet needs to preserve important combat capabilities now and into the future in support of our national defense," the senators said in a joint statement.
"The award of this ship is great news for the men and women of BIW," BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said Friday night. "It allows us to maintain production levels, stabilize employment and provides our highly skilled workforce more opportunities to refine our processes and ensure we continue delivering high quality, affordable surface combatants to our Navy customer. The delegation's continued work to support national defense and what we do at BIW is recognized by all of us and is very much appreciated."
"This is excellent news for the men and women who work at BIW and it will help keep workers on the job," Pingree said. "That's important for the families who earn their living at BIW but it's also important to keep some of the best shipbuilders in the world employed. We can't afford to lose their skills and experience and I'm glad this contract has come through to help provide stability at the yard."
Securing the funding "was a difficult feat," Collins, R-Maine, told the Bangor Daily News then. With the $100 million secured, U.S. Navy officials were ready to sign a contract option to approve the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, she said.
Automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration, which took effect in March 2013 after Congress failed to strike a budget and national debt reduction deal, resulted in a more than $300 million shortfall in funding for the fifth DDG-51.
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