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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

July 14, 2009

BIW gets $33 million DDG 51 lead yard award

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $33.1 million contract to provide ongoing Lead Yard Services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis Destroyer Program. This option modifies a contract initially awarded in November 2005.

Bath Iron Works (BIW) has provided program management, engineering and design support for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class ships under the Lead Yard Services program since 1987, supplying technical assistance in the interpretation and application of the detailed design developed by BIW, the lead shipyard for the class. This award includes work associated with DDG 51 restart and upgrades associated with Aegis combat systems.


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