BATH, Maine — Three Bath Iron Works employees who work in Washington, D.C., have been accounted for, and the Bath shipyard declared a “heightened state of awareness” on its grounds after gunmen opened fire at a Navy base in the nation’s capital Monday.
The BIW employees visit and interact with people on the base regularly but were not at the Navy yard when shooting broke out Monday, according to BIW spokesman Matt Wickenheiser. Their offices are not at the base.
“NAVSEA [Naval Sea Systems Command] is our primary customer, so when somebody says they’re taking shots at the headquarters building, we take it very seriously,” said Jim DeMartini, another spokesman for BIW.
Despite the heightened precautions, DeMartini said, “It’s business as usual” at the Bath shipyard.
Danna Eddy, public affairs officer for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, said Monday that the shipyard does not currently have any employees temporarily or permanently stationed at the Washington Navy yard.
Eddy said shipyard officials do not discuss specifics of the security measures at the yard that’s based in Kittery, but added, “The threat condition has not changed. We continually review and adjust security measures as appropriate.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the Bath Iron Works employees were at the Navy base on Monday.