Stories about Bath Iron Works


Shipbuilder says it’s under federal civil probe

The Associated Press on Sept. 29, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. has disclosed a federal civil investigation into allegations that its former parent — defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. — used Hurricane Katrina relief funds to improperly recover shipbuilding costs. In its latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Newport News, Va.-based …
The USS Spruance, DDG-111 departs Bath Iron Works Thursday and makes its way down the dredged Kennebec River to the sea.

Dredge report: No immediate signs of adverse impact on the Kennebec

By Darren Fishell, Times Record on Sept. 28, 2011, at 9:59 a.m.
BATH | During a tour of the Kennebec River on Monday afternoon, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) outreach director Alicia Heyburn pointed out that it’s natural for the water to have a brown tint. In the rapidly moving current, sediment is routinely lifted from the river bottom to swirl …
The Murphy, which was built in a series of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, is christened at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath on May 7, 2011.

BIW lands two more ship contracts

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 26, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
BATH, Maine – Bath Iron Works landed two more contracts for Arleigh Burke-class warships Monday which will add to an already robust amount of Navy construction enjoyed by the shipyard. Members of Maine’s congressional delegation said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the contracts late Monday afternoon. BIW spokesman James DeMartini …
Employees at Bath Iron Works watch from an upper deck on an Aegis destroyer in 2009.

Pentagon report attacks BIW management

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 23, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
BATH | Bath Iron Works is one of four shipyards blasted for what are described as serious management deficiencies in new Defense Department assessments, according to a report published this week by Inside the Pentagon. But a spokesman for BIW pointed to the shipyard’s performance besting Navy cost targets …

BIW’s future to be defined by national warship defense strategy

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 23, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.
BATH | With fresh Navy contracts in hand, Bath Iron Works has entered the next generation of military muscle and technological sophistication with the construction of the venerable DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class series of warships. While BIW steps into the fore with gusto — the shipyard is under contract to …

Projectile for Maine-built ship passes test

The Associated Press on Sept. 23, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.
BATH | The new projectile to be used in a long-range gun on the new destroyer being built at Bath Iron Works has successfully completed its first live-fire tests. The Zumwalt-class of destroyers will feature two 155mm guns capable of hitting targets from 100 miles away. To do that, …
Maine shipyard workers guide one of four "Ultra Units" for DDG-1000, the lead ship of the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers, recently. Work on DDG-1000 is now over 50 percent complete.

BIW, Navy sign two more ship contracts worth $2 billion

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 15, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.
BATH | The shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works will have work for years to come thanks to a Pentagon decision Thursday to award construction contracts for two next-generation destroyers to the Maine company. U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins hailed the announcement as another indication of the value …

Worker admits stealing copper, bucket by bucket, from BIW

By Beth Brogan, Times Record on Sept. 13, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.
BATH | A former employee of Bath Iron Works pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing more than 3,600 pounds of copper cable from the company over an eight-month period. Dean Daigle, 45, of Auburn will be sentenced later this month for Class B felony theft after Justice Andrew Horton …

Bath Iron Works lays off 44 salaried workers

The Associated Press on Sept. 13, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.
Bath Iron Works is cutting 44 salaried positions in the engineering department as design work slows down on the next-generation Zumwalt destroyer. Spokesman Jim DeMartini says the lead ship is now 50 percent complete, so much of the design work is finished for the destroyer. Bath plans …
Maine Housing Director Dale McCormick (from left) helps Aomori prefecture government senior staff member Yasunori Kitagawa and Hirosaki University assistant to the president Dr. Hirotada Nanjo understand an English term as they tour the Advanced Structures and Composites Center on the University of Maine campus in Orono on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Communities tied by century-old shipwreck share technology, ideas during visit

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 08, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
ORONO | In October 1898, the Cheseborough, a Bath-based ship, sank off the coast of Japan. Residents of the village of Shariki, in Aomori prefecture, saw the ship go down and went out into the turbulent sea to rescue any survivors. Four Americans were pulled from the water. The …

Woman hospitalized after jumping from Bath bridge

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 07, 2011, at 1:42 p.m.
A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening after she jumped from the Sagadhoc Bridge into the Kennebec River, Bath police said Wednesday. The 33-year-old woman, whom police would not identify, survived the 75-foot leap from the Route 1 bridge into the water and was taken …
The USS Spruance, DDG-111, departs Bath Iron Works Thursday and makes its way down the Kennebec River to the sea.

Bath Iron Works sends newest destroyer to military service

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 01, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
The newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer built at Bath Iron Works cruised down the Kennebec River on Thursday to fanfare that has been uncommon in recent memory. It has been many years since BIW installed a land-level transfer facility and dry dock that pushed into history …

Navy destroyer sails away from Bath Iron Works

The Associated Press on Sept. 01, 2011, at 3:37 p.m.
The latest Navy destroyer built by Bath Iron Works is leaving Maine for Florida. The Spruance departed from the shipbuilder Thursday afternoon bound for Key West, where it will be commissioned in late October. The 9,200-ton ship bears the name of Adm. Raymond Spruance, who commanded a …
The christening of the Murphy, the last in a series of Arleigh Burke class destroyers, takes place in May at Bath Iron Works' shipyard in Bath, Maine. The Arleight Burke class of destroyer is among those being considered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the country seeks to overhaul its seaborne military.

Could Saudi Arabia be Bath Iron Works’ next big customer?

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 31, 2011, at 7:17 p.m.
Historically a dealer of warships exclusively to the U.S. Navy, Bath Iron Works may find itself a new big-spending customer in the coming years: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government is eyeing a major overhaul of its seaborne military, and multiple reports suggest the deep-pocketed …

Collins: BIW future secure after newest Navy contract

By Seth Koenig, Times Record on Aug. 04, 2011, at 10:47 a.m.
BATH | Veteran Bath Iron Works shipbuilders said Wednesday that a recent multi-billion-dollar agreement between the shipyard and Navy will help secure the long-term viability of the company by supplying enough work to keep younger employees on the job. With job security, younger shipyard workers can position themselves to …

Collins to meet with BIW workers

The Associated Press on Aug. 03, 2011, at 5:07 a.m.
BATH | U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is visiting Bath Iron Works on the heels of the shipyard receiving contracts to build the second and third ships of a new class of Navy destroyer. Collins is visiting the shipyard Wednesday to commend workers on the contracts for the DDG-1000 Zumwalt …
An Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer is worked on at Bath Iron Works, in Bath in May 2009.

General Dynamics 2Q profit rises slightly

The Associated Press on July 27, 2011, at 8:28 a.m.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — General Dynamics says its second-quarter earnings rose slightly as lower costs somewhat offset sales declines across several business units. The defense contractor said Wednesday profits rose to $653 million, or $1.77 per share, in the April-June period. That’s up from $648 million, or $1.69 per share, …

Navy, BIW agree on final 2 Zumwalt destroyers

The Associated Press on July 26, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
BATH | Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe say the Navy and Bath Iron Works have come to terms on the second and third ships of a new class of destroyers to be built at the Maine shipyard. Collins, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday she …

Navy change-of-command ceremony held in Bath

The Associated Press on July 07, 2011, at 7:09 a.m.
The Navy has a new supervisor of shipbuilding in Bath, Maine. Capt. Robert A. Crowe relieved Capt. Dean M. Krestos during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at the Maine Maritime Museum, down the street from Bath Iron Works. Since 2006, Krestos has overseen the delivery of 19 vessels …
Peter Jumars, the director of School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, talks about an observation buoy at the future site of an offshore wind energy test turbine about two miles south of Monhegan Island during a tour of the area Monday. On the left is Dr. Christopher Hart of the U.S. Department of Energy on the right is Peter Browne of HDR Enigineering.

U.S. energy official, researchers visit offshore wind site

By Matt Wickenheiser on June 13, 2011, at 10:11 p.m.
MONHEGAN ISLAND | The group walked up winding dirt streets, past gray clapboard homes and studios, by an artist painting a roadside scene, to a white trailer at the top of a hill that had radar sensors whirring in circles, scanning the skies. Idyllic Monhegan Island, an out-of-the-way artist …