Congress is poised to embrace the Navy’s goal of expanding from its current fleet of 275 ships to 355. Doing so will be costly — the Congressional Budget Office has estimated a price tag of more than $26 billion a year. But if the spending is approved, it will mean a ramp-up in production, and that will likely be good news for one of the state’s largest employers, Bath Iron Works.
This is the first in a two-part series.
While much of the construction of a warship is done with computer-run automation, there are still plenty of workers involved in welding and fitting together steel sections of each ship. For BIW, building destroyers has been its principal work for over a century.
“We have great faith in Bath. Bath built, best built. And we look forward to this relationship growing and becoming even stronger,” said Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on a recent visit to BIW.
Listen to the interview on Maine Public Radio.