BATH – The Navy awarded Bath Iron Works an addition of nearly $ 43 million to a previous contract to continue to perform maintenance and upgrades on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
Arleigh Burkes are the primary type of vessel produced by BIW, a subsidiary of global aerospace and defense company General Dynamics. The newest Arleigh Burke, the future USS Daniel Inouye, was christened in June 2019, making it the 37th ship of its class to be built by the shipyard.
The contract, initially awarded in June 2018, has a potential value of $ 304.8 million, according to the Defense Ministry.
“This contract enables our efforts to complete a design upgrade for Flight III in support of the US Navy’s strategy for acquiring ships with additional capabilities during FY ‘ 18 and FY ’21, âsaid Dirk Lesko, president of BIW, in 2018, when the contract was signed. initially awarded.
BIW provides site planning services for all Arleigh Burke and Zumwalt class destroyers, including engineering, design, materiel, logistics, planning and execution.
“From maritime security patrols in the North Atlantic to freedom of navigation missions in the Pacific, the Arleigh Burke classes are the workhorses of the Navy,” wrote Senators Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement. “This contract reflects the Navy’s continued confidence in Bath Iron Works to support and deliver high quality ships that are essential to our national security.”
Last December, the company was awarded a $ 146 million contract for the same purpose – ongoing maintenance and upgrades on Arleigh Burkes.
Collins and King, a senior member of the Senate Defense Credits Subcommittee and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, respectively, wrote that they will continue their efforts “to ensure that the highly skilled men and women of BIW have the resources they need to continue. build these destroyers and support our army.
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