Bath shipyard nets nearly $60M contract modification

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BATH — The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a contract modification worth $59.4 million, which will be used for construction of DDG 51-class vessels.

The funding will go toward engineering and technical assistance, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, announced Wednesday. The monies will continue Lead Yard services, including the continuation of the DDG 51 Class Flight III upgrade design efforts, and class change design services for follow ships.

“This announcement is welcome news for the hardworking men and women of Bath Iron Works who deliver the highest-quality ships to our Navy, and this contract modification will allow them to continue to make important improvements to those ships,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.

King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Collins serves on the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I am excited to see the Navy award‎ this funding to Bath Iron Works as part of this contract modification,” U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, said in a separate statement. “This is money well spent. It is further proof of the great work done by the men and women at BIW and the Navy’s recognition of that.”