Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Bath Iron Works was awarded a $132 million contract modification for shipbuilder and supplier industrial base improvements in support of the DDG-51 class destroyer program. This is in addition to $3 million previously awarded to BIW to start the surface combatant industrial base effort.
“Through my senior position on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked hard to ensure that BIW has the resources needed to continue to support our military. I am proud to have helped secure this funding that will make infrastructure improvements at the yard, enhance the jobs of BIW’s skilled and hardworking employees, and create future opportunities for growth,” said Senator Collins. “I hope that Local S6 and management will return to the bargaining table quickly to resolve their differences so that BIW can continue to deliver much-needed ships to our Navy.”
Senator Collins secured $130 million in the FY20 defense appropriations bill to support infrastructure improvements within the large surface combatant industrial base. The Navy made this award using that funding as well as other Navy funding available for capital improvements. BIW expects to use roughly $70 million of this funding for infrastructure improvements at the shipyard and $62 million in incentives to critical suppliers to BIW, including many suppliers in Maine.