On this date in Maine historical past: Feb. 14

The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, leaves the Kennebec River in Phippsburg in December 2015.

Feb. 14, 2008: Tub Iron Works wins a $1.four billion contract to construct the primary ship within the U.S. Navy’s latest class of guided-missile destroyers. The Zumwalt, or DDG 1000, is anticipated to be delivered in 2014.

The contract is anticipated to assist BIW keep away from layoffs when building of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers is full.
The Zumwalt program initially was purported to end result within the manufacturing of 32 ships at a value of about $1.34 billion every, however price will increase immediate the Navy to scale back the variety of ships. By the point the primary Zumwalt is christened in 2014, the variety of Zumwalt-class ships deliberate has been lowered to a few, at a value of about $7 billion per ship when improvement prices are included.

Except for the ballooning finances, a number of different issues – engine testing difficulties, labor disputes on the shipyard and the truth that the Zumwalt is incomplete when delivered – bedevil the challenge. The Navy decides to proceed to order Arleigh Burke destroyers as an alternative.
In December 2019, the Division of Protection proposes decreasing the variety of new Arleigh Burke-class ships deliberate for 2021-2025 from 12 ships to seven.
Joseph Owen is a retired copy desk chief of the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal and board member of the Kennebec Historic Society. He may be contacted at: [email protected]

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