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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 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 U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment authored by Maine Second District Congressman Bruce Poliquin designed to ensure BIW is on track to build two DDG-51 destroyers. A provision was added to the House Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Bill that would have retroactively imposed new statutory requirements on ships authorized and funded in prior fiscal years. Poliquin’s amendment blocks the provision.

BATH, Maine_ The US Coast Guard is expected to award a major contract this month, as it launches a plan to replace more than  two dozen of its aging cutters used to patrol the coast.  "BIW is clearly in the running." says Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

 BATH, Maine (AP) _ The Navy is taking steps to build another destroyer at Bath Iron Works _ a relief for the Maine shipyard.

Patty Wight

BATH, Maine _ A number of protestors held signs and beat drums as a new warship was christened Saturday at Bath Iron Works.