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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

DDG-1000 (Zumwalt) class DDGDelays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned.

Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons — including the size of the yard, the composition of the workforce at BIW and continued setbacks in the delivery of the first two next-generation Zumwalts — production of the future Burkes Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) have been delayed by several months.

USNI News understands the delivery schedule of Peralta has been pushed back seven months, while Hudner has been delayed five.

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