When the Navy announced on 2 April that Bath Iron Works had won the competition to build the first of the new DDG-51 (Arleigh Burkeclass) Aegis guided missile destroyers it meant—for the Navy, and for the U.S. shipbuilding industry as well—the end of a very long wait.
Merchant shipbuilding in Britain is going through a period of radical change and innovation aimed at overcoming the effects of falling demand for tonnage worldwide. Current strategy is concentrated on reducing head-on competition with the "price-leaders" of the Far East,
Transatlantic reinforcement and resupply would be a critical factor in the conventional defense of Central Europe. Even considering major improvements now planned in airlift and pre-positioning of materiel, the bulk of equipment and resupply would have to come by sea.
September 25-29, Hamburg, West Germany The International Shipping and Marine Technology Market with Congress, SMM '90, will be held in Hamburg, West Germany, from September 25-29 at the Hamburg Exhibition Center. Held biennially on the grounds of the Hamburg Messe,
CG-68, the 15th of 19 Ticonderoga Class Aegis guided missile cruisers to built by Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton, Pascagoula, Miss., was recently christened Anzio. Principal speaker for the event was Congressman C.V. Montgomery of Mississippi's Third Congressional District.
B a t h Iron Works recently launched the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) for the U.S. Navy at ceremonies in Bath, Maine. Senator Strom Thurmond, RS. C., was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Lucy Mustin, wife of Vice Admiral Henry C.
On July 2, 2002, a host of new regulations of concern to most ship builders and owners was implemented according to the recent revision of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). In conjunction with amendments to Fire Safety and AIS regulations.
Seacraft Shipyard Corporation delivered the 120-ft. all aluminum Research Vessel Hercules to its owners in Key West, Fla. The custom-built vessel was designed to work in the Mediterranean Sea, for underwater archeology research. Seacraft designed the vessel in-house.
This special section includes major Navy contract awards issued between the dates of August 7 to November 12, 1986. For Navy contracts prior to these dates refer to MARITIME REPORTER, September 1986 issue, "Major Navy Contracts," page 37. Contracts
D e c e m b e r 13 B a t h I r o n W o r k s C o r p o r a t i o n . Bath, Maine, was recently awarded a $ 6 1 0 m i l l i o n contract for the construction of three DDG-51 Class destroyers, DDG-54, DDG-56, and DDG-58. The work is expected to be comp l e t e d July 1995.