BATH, Maine — The chief of U.S. naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, says Navy demand will be great for a class of ship due to be built at Bath Iron Works.
Roughead’s visit to Bath on Wednesday followed an invitation by Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. Maine Public Radio quotes Roughead as saying the Navy’s greatest demand will be for the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers.
BIW is slated to build a DDG-51 destroyer under the recently restarted Arleigh Burke program, as well as two new Zumwalt class destroyers, known as the DDG-1000.
Navy officials have said that BIW will continue to get advance funds on the two additional DDG-1000 ships it’s slated to build.