BATH, Maine — 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 received word from Sean Stackley, the Navy’s assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition.
The Navy has scaled back the number of the stealthy warships to three, so the contracts for each of them are key to keeping shipbuilders busy. The Zumwalt-class destroyers feature composite materials, electric-drive propulsion, an unconventional hull and special 155 mm guns that can hit targets from 100 miles away.
After completion of the truncated program, Bath Iron Works will return to building an updated version of the Arleigh Burke destroyer.