BATH, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Bath Iron Works an $11.3 million contract modification to work on maintenance systems for the entire littoral combat ship program.
The contract modification was awarded Tuesday to General Dynamics, the parent company of BIW, by the Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego.
The shipyard, which has historically worked on destroyers and cruisers for the military, has been trying to diversify its product lines as the Navy changes its fleet's composition.
Littoral combat ships are smaller and more agile than destroyers and are designed for operations close to shorelines.
The ships can be built for about $450 million, as opposed to $1.7 billion for Arleigh Burke destroyers. BIW has built more than half of the Arleigh Burke destroyers in the Navy's fleet.