General Dynamics Bath Iron Works announced that it was awarded a $55 million contract extension from the U.S. Navy to provide configuration management, logistics, supply chain, engineering and design services for new construction Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers through June 2022. Bath Iron Works has provided design and technical expertise for design upgrades and major changes to the two shipyards currently building DDG 51-class destroyers since 1987.
Bath Iron Works currently has under construction Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and William Charette (DDG 130), in addition to Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), the third in the Zumwalt class of destroyers.
“This contract extension demonstrates the Navy’s continued faith in Bath Iron Works to be the lead shipyard and design agent for this critical program,” said Eugene Miller, Bath Iron Works Vice President, Programs and Planning. “Ongoing modernization of the class’s Flight III configuration ensures it will remain the most versatile surface combatant in the fleet for years to come.”
Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a major United States shipyard located on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, founded in 1884 as Bath Iron Works, Limited. BIW has built private, commercial, and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy. The shipyard has built and sometimes designed battleships, frigates, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Arleigh Burke class which are currently among the world’s most advanced surface warships. Since 1995, Bath Iron Works has been a subsidiary of General Dynamics.