Bath Iron Works secures $57 million in new funding for work on Navy ships

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus before the start of the christening ceremony April 12 at Bath Iron Works for the Zumwalt DDG 1000 destroyer.
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U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus before the start of the christening ceremony April 12 at Bath Iron Works for the Zumwalt DDG 1000 destroyer. Buy Photo
Posted April 23, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.

BATH, Maine — The Department of Defense on Tuesday announced $57 million in new funding for continuing work on contracts with Bath Iron Works.

The award includes $28.7 million for fleet maintenance on Navy ships, with work to be performed by September 2014 in San Diego.

The Defense Department also announced $28.7 million in funding for work on Littoral Combat Ship design services, to provide “necessary engineering program, and technical support” for the ships.

That work will be performed at the Bath shipyard, as well as in Pittsfield, Mass., and Mobile, Ala.

“These awards were anticipated, and allow BIW to continue the work we’ve been doing in support of the two programs,” BIW spokesman Matt Wickenheiser said Wednesday.

“Both of these contracts show how important BIW is to the Navy and to the nation’s industrial capacity,” U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Tuesday in a release. “The experience the yard has in building and maintaining the fleet and their top-notch design and engineering skills are part of what makes BIW a world-class shipyard. It’s no wonder the Navy continues to select them for critical jobs like these.”

 

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