Photo courtesy BIW
By Ramona du Houx
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works an add.itional $8 million for the compleation of the deckhouse for the USS Michael Monsoor stealth destroyer. The DDG 10001 deckhouse is made mostly from composite materials.
“The award will allow us to continue to work on the integration and completion of the DDG 1001 deckhouse," said spokesperson Matt Wickenheiser.
BIW completed the first of three Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers last spring. The Navy has a long history of awarding contracts to BIW, the shipyard that is known for its quality craftsmanship. Maine's congressional delegation always lobby in favor of securing these contracts which have helped Maine's largest private employer. Often parts of the ships are compleated and sent to BIW to be assembled onto the hull.
The deckhouse, was built at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Gulfport, Mississippi, and arrived at the Bath shipyard by barge last September. Then it was lifted by huge cranes onto the destroyer’s hull.
BIW has a stong labor union. Work on the deckhouse is expected to be completed by January 2017.