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DDG 51 Program Marks Start of Construction Milestones at BIW and HII
May 17, 2018 - WASHINGTON - The Navy's Arleigh Burke class (DDG 51) destroyers continue to achieve shipbuilding milestones with start of construction at both shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Keel Laid for Future USS Daniel Inouye
Irene Hirano Inouye, future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) sponsor and wife of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, presents her initials on the keel plate following the ship’s keel authentication ceremony in Bath, Maine, May 14. The ceremony symbolically recognizes the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship. 

The ship's namesake, Daniel Inouye, served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. Sen. Inouye received the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regiment in Italy during World War II. During an assault on April 21, 1945, he lost his right arm but continued to fight until the Regiment's position was secured. 

Arleigh Burke destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants that serve as integral assets in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense, as well as providing increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. (RELEASED)
May 14, 2018 - BATH, Maine -- The keel of the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was ceremoniously laid on May 14 at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard.

Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) Completes Acceptance Trials
Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)
May 4, 2018 - BATH, Maine - The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed acceptance trials May 3 after spending a day underway off the coast of Maine.

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001)
BATH, Maine -- Cmdr. John Bauer, DDG 1000 program manager's representative, signs paperwork accepting delivery of the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).  Following a crew certification period, Michael Monsoor will transit to its homeport in San Diego, California, for commissioning in January 2019.
April 24, 2018 - BATH, Maine – Today the Navy accepted Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) delivery of the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW).

Future USS Thomas Hudner Successfully Completes Builder's Trials
BATH, Maine (March 28, 2018) The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) commences builder's trials.  Trials completed March 31 after the ship spent four days underway off the coast of Maine.
April 2, 2018 - Bath, Maine - The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed Builder's Trials on March 31 after spending four days underway.

RFP Released for USCG's Heavy Polar Icebreaker
March 5, 2018 - The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a request for proposal (RFP) on March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the USCG's heavy polar icebreaker (HPIB), with options for detail design and construction (DD&C) for up to three HPIBs. The IPO is using a full and open competition strategy for DD&C; a single contract award will be made in FY 2019.