BIW awarded close to $50 million Navy contract, which could grow to over $300 Million

By Ramona du Houx

Bath Iron Works (BIW) has been awarded a Navy contract that will be worth more than $300 million, over five years.

Back in January of 2018, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, toured the future USS Michael Monsoor and met with supervisors on at BIW. 

King said he was happy that Reed paid a visit because “one day of seeing is better than one hundred days of hearing.” 

Sen. Reed is the top U.S. Senator on the committee that recommends investments in projects like those at Bath Iron Works. During their visit BIW workers were engaged in constructing a Zumwalt class of destroyer and preparing for the construction of upgraded Arleigh Burke destroyers. Reed said he and King are committed to working across the aisle “to help keep America strong militarily and economically.”

That visit proved to be critical to testimony on the committee and has led to the  $49.8 million Navy contract for destroyers, which could grow to over $300 Million.

The contract calls for BIW to provide “lead yard services” for the DDG-51, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. As the lead shipyard BIW will provide design and technical assistance for the destroyers, regardless of where they are built.

The contract is for $49.8 million the first year. The total value of the contract will be $304.8 million, if the Navy uses the option clause to extend the contract for four more years, according to BIW.

The Five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers under construction at BIW are —

  • Thomas Hudner (DDG 116),
  • Daniel Inouye (DDG 118),
  • Carl M. Levin (DDG 120),
  • John Basilone (DDG 122)
  • Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124)

The Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), the third in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, is also under construction in Bath.

 

BIW of Maine is known for being the “best built” shipyard of the North East.