Bath Iron Works (BIW) has secured a $22.7 million contract to continue providing yard services for the Navy's existing Zumwalt-class destroyers.

The services encompass design, material kitting, logistics, planning, and execution, predominantly taking place in Maine. This renewal enables BIW to sustain its maintenance of the three Bath-built warships, known as the DDG 1000 Zumwalt destroyers.

With options available, the contract's total value could reach $343.7 million, extending its performance period through 2029.

These 610-foot-long warships, designed for close-to-shore operations and land attack, feature a distinctive stealth design for minimized radar visibility. BIW also manages post-delivery maintenance and modernization for DDG 51-class destroyers, supporting a total of 76 surface combatants in the Navy fleet.

The Zumwalt class was originally envisioned to comprise 32 ships, but cost overruns and changes in weapon systems significantly scaled the fleet back, resulting in only three produced. 

With a workforce of 6,600, BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, operates from its headquarters and primary facilities in Bath, Maine.

BIW President Charles Krugh expressed gratitude for the Navy's confidence in the contract renewal in a statement, emphasizing their commitment to ensuring the DDG 1000 class's ongoing maintenance and modernization to enhance the U.S. fleet's capabilities.

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430 and [email protected].

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