Maine senators told of Navy shipbuilding plans
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s U.S. senators say the Navy is pursuing the award of multi-year procurement contracts critical to the work of the Bath Iron Works shipyard.
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say the Navy told them Friday it will announce contracts for up to 10 DDG-51 destroyers and associated systems for fiscal Years 2013-2017 by June 4. BIW is a strong competitor for some of those contracts.
Collins, a Republican, is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, and independent King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Both have pushed for funding to enable the Navy to continue building the DDG-51.
In their first event together as senators in Maine in February, Collins and King visited BIW to express their intention to keep BIW busy.