$9-Million Navy Contract Awarded To Bath Yard For Frigate Overhaul

A contract for approximately $9 million to overhaul the frigate USS Edward McDonnell (FF- 1043) was awarded by the U.S. Navy recently to Bath Iron Works, a Congoleum company. The ship, commissioned in 1965 are now homeported in Mayport, Fla., is scheduled to arrive at the Bath, Maine, shipyard in February 1981 for the 10-month overhaul.

President John F. Sullivan Jr., noting that the new project will require about 400 workers at its peak, reported the shipyard recently has been awarded three major projects valued at approximately $55 million. In September, the company finalized a contract for approximately $30 million to construct a 350-foot seagoing dredge, and in October the U.S. Navy awarded BIW a contract for approximately $15.4 million for additional work on the first four FFG-7 class guidedmissile frigates built by the shipyard. The USS Edward McDonnell, 415 feet in length and displacing 3,400 tons fully loaded, has a complement of about 250 officers and enlisted personnel.

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