November 23, 2017
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Comments for: Bath Iron Works lauds Pingree’s efforts to defeat funding cut for destroyer program

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  • Anonymous

    What a relief…for a moment I thought there was going to be a reduction in government spending.  Man, that was close.

    BDN/Times Record: “…BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini said, ‘The Navy’s plan for meeting its national defense obligations is based on full funding for the DDG 51 program.'”  Now a mouthpiece for the contractor speaks the Navy’s position?

  • The Burke-class of destroyer’s has been on the drawing board’s now for the last 5 years and is in production. To suddenly stop this building is gonna cause both BIW and the Navy a huge number of headache’s, and weaken the Navy, since these new destroyer’s are being built to replace a lot of older, and in some case’s, dangerously outmoded vessel’s that have been kept sailing simply because their replacement’s weren’t available. Ship replacement and renovating is a huge issue since the Navy has to factor this in to their operating plans and the mission’s they have to accomplish. Quigley obviously knows nothing of the Navy’s requirement’s and mission cycle. Maybe it’s time he spent some time out off the coast of Somalia and found out for himself just what it takes to make the Navy work. Then he might have some knowledge of what he complains about since to this point all he’s shown is his ability to shoot himself and the Country in the foot !

    • Guest

      The Burke Class destroyers went into production at BIW 24 years ago.

      • And the next class is the “Zummy’s’ Thanks for the save !!!.

        • Guest

          No prob.  I figured that’s what you meant.

    • Anonymous

      Of course BIW is essential to Maine’s economy.  Many in my family for generations have been proud shipbuilders.  So, good for Congresswoman Pingree.
       
      But do we really need to keep a navy that’s larger than the next ten navies combined?  Wouldn’t some of that money be better spent on teaching American children and college students, modernizing our infrastructure and paying for better health care so that we can catch up with the rest of the world in those areas??

  • Jake_OO7

    Kevin Raye is for cutting the program.  Too bad he is against Maine unionized workers.  

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