Ship maintenance

BIW secures $ 146 million contract amendment to perform vessel maintenance


BATH – Bath Iron Works was awarded a $ 146 million federal contract amendment to continue the maintenance and modernization of existing Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

Arleigh Burkes are the primary type of vessel produced by BIW, a subsidiary of aerospace and defense company General Dynamics.

The company is already performing post-delivery maintenance work on 69 vessels, representing two-thirds of the country’s surface combatants.

“The Navy’s exercise of this option gives General Dynamics Bath Iron Works the opportunity to continue to provide post-delivery design, planning and logistics support to the DDG 51 program, a leadership role that we have been playing for 30 years, ”BIW President Dirk Lesko wrote in a statement. “In carrying out this important job, it has never been more important for us to deliver on time, every time and we are committed to achieving this goal.”

This contract will run until January 2022, according to a statement from the company.

BIW performs updates and maintenance services in Brunswick and other Arleigh Burke home ports in Virginia, Florida, California, Washington, Hawaii, Spain and Japan.

Bath Shipyard received two similar contract changes in June.

“This funding will allow BIW engineers, designers and planners to continue to provide technical expertise to the Navy and to strengthen Maine’s economy,” said Senator Collins, senior member of the Credit Committee and Subcommittee. defense credits, in a press release. “The hardworking and highly skilled men and women of Bath Iron Works build the highest quality ships in the world, and I will always fight to make sure they have the resources they need.

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