WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works (BIW) with $33.1 million in funding to provide ongoing lead yard services for the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis Destroyer Program.

Bath Iron Works (BIW) has provided program management, engineering and design support for DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class ships under the Lead Yard Services program since 1987.

Lead yard services for the DDG-51 destroyer include: liaison for follow ship construction, general services, logistic services, design agent services, and class change design services for follow-on ships and DDG modernization support, according to a release by Collins’ office on Monday.

This award also includes work associated with the restart of the DDG-51 line.

“BIW workers are among the most skilled workers in the world. The ships they build are on the cutting edge of technology and serve to strengthen our country’s national security and its ability to protect our interests overseas,” said Senator Collins in the release. “This funding is welcome news to the skilled workforce at BIW, which has played a critical role in the construction of the DDG-51 program.”

Since 1991, BIW has manufactured and delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world, to the U.S. Navy, according to the Web site of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.

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