Bath Iron Works

BATH, Maine - A Maine shipyard has a better chance of securing a contract to design and build frigates for the U.S. Navy because one of its competitors is dropping out of the running.

BATH, Maine - The Navy is hoping for a permit to dredge some of the Kennebec River to allow the passage of destroyers built at Bath Iron Works.

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Both public and private shipyards are facing a loss of skilled workers, as many are retiring and there is a shortage of training programs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District has added language to the National Defense Authorization Act to try and address that problem.

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Maine 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden is optimistic that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will include enough ship construction to keep existing work levels at Bath Iron Works.

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The Sagadahoc County District Attorney has decided not to prosecute 25 protesters arrested for blocking the road outside Bath Iron Works last month.

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BATH, Maine - Police say the number of protesters arrested outside Bath Iron Works during a weekend ship christening was the largest in many years.

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The two daughters of former-president Lyndon B. Johnson went to Bath on a gray and drizzly Saturday morning to christen the Navy Destroyer that bears their father’s name.

The christening of the Navy’s final "stealth" destroyer is scheduled for April 27 at Bath Iron Works.

SAN DIEGO - An American flag was raised as part of a ceremony in San Diego commissioning the USS Michael Monsoor, one of the new stealthy Zumwalt class of destroyers.

Senator Angus King is questioning the Navy’s plan to award construction of ten new frigates to a single shipyard, rather than spread the work out to at least two yards.

BIW Workers Replace Stealthy Destroyer's 15-Ton Turbine

Aug 31, 2018

BATH, Maine - Maine shipbuilder Bath Iron Works has replaced one of the massive turbines on the future USS Michael Monsoor, and the ship is scheduled to depart for San Diego in November.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $675 billion defense spending bill that Republican Senator Susan Collins says is good news for Maine.

“The navy must sustain an aggressive lead growth rate for large surface combatants in fiscal year 2020 and beyond in order to project strength,” says Collins.

The bill would spend $20 billion more than the current budget calls for, and Collins says it includes money for three Burke Class destroyers that could be built at Bath Iron Works.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a 2019 Defense bill that includes several provisions that benefit Maine defense industries.

The legislation authorizes more than $5 billion in funding for three new destroyers that will be built at Bath Iron Works (BIW), and it authorizes money to complete the third Zumwalt destroyer, which is currently under construction.

Senator Angus King, who serves on the committee, says the measure also authorizes a new class of frigates that could be built at BIW and keep the work force stable.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is pressing both civilian and military leadership to distribute future shipbuilding contracts to keep Bath Iron Works and its competitor in Mississippi busy.

“In the fiscal year omnibus bill Congress decided to authorize the DDG-51 multi-year," Collins said, at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill.  That will spread the construction of new Arleigh Burke class destroyers over several years.

A $45 million tax break for Bath Iron works is one step closer to becoming law. The tax break would be stretched over the next 15 years.

The Senate voted 25-9 to approve an amended version of a bill that provides a tax break to the shipbuilder in return for at least $200 million spent on construction, improvement, modernization or expansion. The company will also have to maintain at least 5,500 workers.

The original bill would have provided a $60 million tax break and without the minimum investment and workforce requirements currently in the amended version.