Navy Leadership Accelerates Lethality with Newly Designated Surface Development Squadron

May 23, 2019 – To encourage innovation, experimentation, and combat readiness, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), announced the establishment of Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) during a ceremony, May 22. SURFDEVRON ONE will integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet. Brown, who provided remarks during the ceremony, told the attendees they were witnesses to the future in Surface Warfare. “By standing up a command dedicated to developing warfighting…

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Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) Launched at Bath Iron Works

December 10, 2018 – The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was launched Dec. 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard. The process of launching a ship is a multi-day process that includes moving the ship from the land level facility to the dry dock which is then slowly flooded until the ship is afloat. With the ship in the water, final outfitting and production can commence. “It’s important for the DDG 1000 program and shipyard to reach this major milestone,” said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 program manager,…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Receives Contract for Four DDG 51 Destroyers

September 27, 2018 – The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at $3.9 billion for the construction of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. “We are pleased with the opportunity for Bath Iron Works to continue our participation in the DDG 51 Program and to deliver much needed capability to our US. Navy customer,” said Dirk Lesko, President of Bath Iron Works. Lesko said Maine’s Congressional delegation was instrumental in supporting passage of legislation…

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Keel Laid for Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002)

January 31, 2017 – A keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was held Jan. 30 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The keel was authenticated by former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters and ship co-sponsors, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, by welding their initials into the keel plate. “We’ve made tremendous progress on this ship, and although we’re celebrating an early production milestone, we’re nearing 60 percent completion on the future Lyndon B. Johnson,” said Capt. Kevin Smith,…

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