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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
Contact Name: Edward Kenyon Street Address: 700 Washington Street Bath, ME 04530 Phone Number: 207-443-3311 VISIT WEBSITE SEND AN EMAIL
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) is the recognized leader in the design, construction and lifetime support of the world’s most technologically advanced surface combatant ships operated by the US Navy.

Founded in 1884, BIW has a reputation for quality and innovation based on construction of more than 245 military ships and over 160 private vessels. During World War II, BIW built over 80 ships, 20 percent of all the destroyers delivered to the US Navy, and at its peak rate of production, delivered a new destroyer every 17 days.

Since 1995 BIW has been part of General Dynamics, a market leader in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology. With over 5,000 employees and an annual payroll of more than $320 million, BIW is the largest single site manufacturing employer in Maine and conducts over $50 million of business annually with other Maine companies.

BIW’s experienced workforce is complemented by a modern shipyard facility which reflects recent capital investments of over $400 million. Ships are built, launched and retrieved on one of three shipbuilding stations on the Land Level Transfer Facility (LLTF) inaugurated in 2001. Coupled with a new, environmentally controlled Ultra Hall assembly building, it has led to process improvements that are revolutionizing the way naval surface combatants are built.

BIW builds ships in large modules which weigh up to 5,000 tons. Modules are assembled, painted, and outfitted within environmentally controlled buildings which provide a safer, more comfortable, more efficient work environment. A completed module is transported outdoors onto the LLTF to be joined with other modules. When the ship reaches a high level of completion, it is moved into a drydock and floated off for final systems activation and testing. When it goes to sea for the first time, BIW employees operate the ship during sea trials, a series of rigorous tests and demonstrations to prove its quality and performance. A successful sea trial leads to delivery of the ship and its ultimate commissioning as a US Navy vessel.

Since 1991, BIW has delivered 34 Arleigh Burke class destroyers to the US Navy and provides design and engineering support for modernization and maintenance throughout the ship’s 35 – 40 year life span. Eight home port offices around the world provide services for all DDG 51 class ships.

BIW is building three of the US Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced ships, the Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class destroyer. These ships include many new technologies such as advanced electric drive propulsion, a wave piercing hull form, composite superstructure, advanced radars, and extensive automation which reduces crew size and lowers operating costs.

Since 1884, BIW has consistently built tough, high quality, affordable ships. Today, innovation and constant improvement drive continuous pursuit of greater efficiency and value. BIW is steeped in heritage, ready for the future and proud to be in Maine.
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