$8.6-Million Contract For Frigate Overhaul Awarded By Navy To BIW

A contract for approximately $8.6 million to overhaul the frigate USS Brumby (FF-1044) was awarded by the U.S. Navy recently to Bath Iron Works, marking the second ship of the class slated for the shipyard within a month. A like contract for approximately $9 million for its sister ship, USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043), was awarded to the company in October. Both frigates were commissioned into the Navy in 1965, and both are scheduled to arrive at the Bath, Maine, yard in February 1981 for 10- month overhauls.

"We won both contracts against intense c o m p e t i t i o n in an extremely depressed s h i p b u i l d i ng industry," said BIW president John F. Sullivan Jr. "They reflect our aggressive marketing, which in turn reflects our total confidence in the ability of our management and shipbuilders to meet the most demanding budgets and schedules." Mr. Sullivan said the dual overhauls will require about 800 workers at their peak. The newest award raises the value of contracts won by Bath Iron Works since September to approximately $64.7 million.

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