BANGOR, Maine — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation on Wednesday praised the Department of the Navy for awarding a $26 million design contract to Bath Iron Works for the next-generation destroyer known as the DDG-1000.
BIW spokesman James Demartini said Thursday the contract is part of a previous agreement with the Navy to have BIW design and build the first three DDG 1000s.
“This is work we expected to get and work we’re very happy to have,” said Demartini. “It is not new work for us.”
U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins praised the award as an indication of the Navy’s commitment to Bath Iron Works.
“The Bath team has repeatedly proven its ability to operate at the highest levels of quality, performance, and efficiency and this contract will allow the talented workforce at Bath Iron Works to continue their critical work on the DDG-1000 class of destroyers,” said Snowe in a press release.
Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, called the DDG 1000 “the most complex ship in the world.”
“The DDG 1000 is on the cutting edge of shipbuilding technology and the three destroyers Bath is building will be invaluable assets to U.S. national security and the Navy’s mission around the world,” said Collins in a press release. Full funding for the three DDG 1000s was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Bill, and will be considered by the full Senate later this year.
Rep. Chellie Pingree echoed the senators’ statements and said the contract will ensure steady design work at BIW through March.
“The contract will help keep workers on the job designing and building the DDG 1000 this winter,” she said. “It’s critical to keep up the employment levels at the yard.”
Demartini said the first in the DDG-1000 class, the future USS Zumwalt, is scheduled to be lowered into the water with BIW’s dry-dock facility next summer and is scheduled for completion in 2015.