BIW starts work on its 45th destroyer

On November 8, Bath Iron Works inaugurated the construction of its 45th destroyer at a fabricating facility in Brunswick.

The USS John E. Kilmer, designated as DDG134, is a tribute to a Navy hospital man who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Korean War. Named after John E. Kilmer, this destroyer marks the fourth Flight III Arleigh Burke destroyer to commence construction at BIW.

Charles Krugh, president of Bath Iron Works, emphasized the critical role of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in the U.S. Navy’s mission. He highlighted the technological advancements in radar and combat systems that make these destroyers the world’s most advanced surface combatant vessels.

In his statement, Krugh expressed that the future USS John E. Kilmer will serve as a crucial platform for national security, emphasizing the company’s commitment to delivering high-quality work.

Despite being injured during the Battle of Bunker Hill, John E. Kilmer valiantly continued to tend to wounded Marines amidst heavy enemy fire. Mortally wounded while protecting a fellow Marine, Kilmer’s selfless actions led to the designation of DDG 134 in his honor by the Secretary of the Navy in 2019.

Furthermore, Les Waltz, a long-time employee of BIW, had the honor of initiating the cutting of the first steel for the ship. With 59 years of service, Waltz’s role as the dispatcher for the transportation team showcases the dedication and expertise of BIW’s workforce.


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