Navy awards Bath shipyard $66M contract

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BATH — The parent company of Bath Iron Works has been awarded a more than $66 million contract for work at the shipyard.

The U.S. Navy funding for General Dynamics Corp., announced this week, will go toward planning yard services to support the DDG-51 and FFG-7 class of vessels being built at BIW.

Those services include expert design, material support and planning services for modernizing and maintaining both types of ships.

BIW has been 34 DDG-51 destroyers and 24 FFG-7 frigates since 1975, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. The shipyard is in the process of constructing all three DDG-1000 destroyers for the Navy, and has secured contracts for two other DDG-51 ships.

“BIW workers are the most skilled workers in the world,” Collins said in a Monday statement. “Since 1975, when the USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) was laid down, to this year’s launch of the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Bath has produced the larger portion of the U.S. surface combatants now in commission. These ships have consistently been on the cutting edge of technology and have operated forward to secure our country’s defense.”