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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) moors at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, Conn.  The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal.    The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from today’s level of 293 ships to 287 ships, a far cry from the official goal of 355 ships established in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Members of Congress visit Navy shipbuilder amid talk of cuts

Jan. 17, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on a House Armed Services subcommittee toured Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday and offered assurances to shipbuilders amid reports of possible cuts. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney, of Connecticut, and GOP Rep. Rob Wittman, of...

Keel laid for destroyer named for World War II hero

Jan. 10, 2020 4:08 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Maine shipyard announced it celebrated the keel laying of a future Navy destroyer on Friday. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works reached the milestone in the construction of the future USS John Basilone. A keel laying ceremony is one of the major events in the life of a ship. The ship's...

Democratic lawmakers threaten shipyard's $45M tax break

Jan. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic leaders in Maine have threatened to roll back a shipyard's $45 million tax break because they say conditions outlined in a 2018 law weren't met. House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senate President Troy Jackson sent a letter to Bath Iron Works that stated the average wage at the...

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second right, stands on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday visited the Natuna islands that overlap with China's expansive claim to the South China Sea amid heightened tensions over the waters after Beijing recently claimed it was their traditional fishing area. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP)

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China

Jan. 8, 2020 5:39 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country's sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a...

Mississippi shipyard receives $453M US Navy contract

Jan. 4, 2020 10:36 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A shipyard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been awarded a $453 million contract to provide support to U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers. The Department of Defense contract for Ingalls Shipuilding calls for planning yard design services for existing Ticonderoga-class cruisers and...

Public to hear traffic reduction proposals in Kittery

Dec. 28, 2019 12:27 PM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Officials are inviting the public to learn about proposals for addressing traffic congestion around the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. A final public hearing is set for Jan. 7 at the Kittery Community Center for residents to learn about the recommendations and offer feedback. Joint Land...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) moors at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, Conn.  The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal.    The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from today’s level of 293 ships to 287 ships, a far cry from the official goal of 355 ships established in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Navy considers shipbuilding cuts for upcoming budget

Dec. 28, 2019 11:54 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal. The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from...

New submarines to take names of Pearl Harbor battleships

Dec. 24, 2019 6:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — New U.S. Navy submarines will revive the names of the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma, two of the biggest casualties of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, officials said. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced nuclear, Virginia-class attack submarines will...

Navy planning first new Pearl Harbor dry dock since 1943

Dec. 24, 2019 9:32 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has started planning the construction of the first new dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard since World War II, officials said. The Navy is also considering the creation of a floating dry dock to help maintain its Pacific-based submarine fleet, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

Navy contract change eliminates Pearl Harbor shipyard jobs

Dec. 23, 2019 10:35 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — New U.S. Navy contracting terms have resulted in a pullout by a major contractor that is expected to result in the loss of hundreds of jobs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, officials said. BAE Systems PLC will no longer perform Navy surface ship repair at Pearl Harbor, eliminating about 325...