Bath Iron Works tapped for destroyer deckhouse, hanger

Aug. 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

BATH, Maine, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The steel deckhouse and hanger of the U.S. Navy's third Zumwalt-class destroyer are to be designed and built by General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works subsidiary.

The contract is worth $212 million, the company said, and also provides for the aft Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules for integration into Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002).

The Peripheral Vertical Launching System modules distribute the ship's missile launchers in separate launcher compartments along the ship's hull.

"The design and production of these critical components of DDG 1002 will help maintain our specialized engineering and design skills and provides additional stability to our manufacturing workload," said Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works. "We are pleased to have been selected for this important work."

The ship's deckhouse includes the ship's bridge, radars, antennas and intake/exhaust systems. The structure has a "significantly" smaller radar cross-section than other ships in the Navy fleet, the company said. The enclosed hangar is designed to accommodate two medium-lift helicopters.

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