Omnibus bill includes $1 billion for extra destroyer

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Budget includes $1 billion for new destroyer to be built at BIW.

BATH, Maine — A proposed $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending deal announced Wednesday by members of Congress includes $1 billion in funding for an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, U.S.The Navy’s new stealth destroyer endured a real life-and-death test Saturday when crew members helped rescue a Maine fisherman suffering a medical emergency at sea. The ship is out at sea for the first time to undergo sea trials. (Credit: Dennis Griggs/US Navy) The USS Zumwalt has yet to officially join the Navy’s fleet as one of its most advanced destroyer ships, but it has already helped bring a man to safety.

The advanced guided missile destroyer, which boasts stealth capabilities and will one day help support Special Operations forces, responded on Saturday to a distress call from a fishing boat off the coast of Maine, rescuing a fisherman who was experiencing chest pains. The Navy said this month that it was taking steps to build the destroyer after announcing an initial procurement contract for an amphibious transport dock to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi. Coast Guard requested assistance from any boats in the vicinity of the fishing vessel Danny Boy, located about 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland at 3 a.m. Congress has not yet voted on the omnibus defense bill, which, if approved, would fund $1 billion of the approximate $1.75 billion to $1.8 billion cost of the new destroyer, Collins’ spokeswoman Anne Clarke said Wednesday night.

The 2016 omnibus bill before Congress that includes proposed discretionary spending for the current fiscal year aims to get the process moving, the senators said. “The equation is simple: Fewer ships means less presence, less security at home, and less security around the world. The additional $750 million to $1 billion would then have to be authorized and appropriated by Congress before the Navy could issue a contract for the ship. The Zumwalt responded to the scene and launched an 11-meter “rigid hull inflatable boat” – the type used by Navy SEALs and other special forces – to bring Sparrow on board the destroyer. “After medical evaluation, the patient was transferred from Zumwalt to a Coast Guard helicopter and then to an area hospital,” a Navy spokeswoman, Capt.

The Zumwalt is set to be commissioned sometime next year and was conducting “at-sea tests and trials” when it received the distress call, Kent added. Neither spokeswoman could confirm whether Collins or King had been assured by the Navy that it would award the additional destroyer to Bath Iron Works. Video released Saturday by the Coast Guard showed Sparrow being lifted in a litter from the Zumwalt’s deck to the Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The largest and most technologically advanced destroyer ever built for the Navy, the $4.3 billion Zumwalt is undergoing its first round of sea trials in order to test the ship’s hull, mechanical and electrical systems.

The memorandum of understanding states that a fourth DDG-51 class ship “or equivalent workload” would be awarded to BIW preceding any award of a 12th amphibious transport vessel. In a time of serious budget constraints for our Defense Department, this important investment underscores the value and importance of our naval assets to the security and stability of our country.

It powers giant GE induction motors connected directly to the propeller shafts and routes electricity to a vast array of sensors, weapons, radar and other critical systems on board. Following the rescue, BIW, the Navy and other Naval contractors returned to the task at hand, running sea trials for DDG 1000, the future USS Zumwalt.” Sparrow’s was listed in stable condition Saturday night at Maine Med.

In fact, the Zumwalt could become the first ship carrying next-generation weapons like electromagnetic railguns, which use a strong electromagnetic pulse, rather than gunpowder, to shoot projectiles. “We’re no longer restricting the engines to provide propulsion power only,” Adam Kabulski, director for naval accounts at GE Power Conversion, told GE Reports. “This design allows you to send electric power wherever you need it. It’s instantaneous.” Kabulski said that by simply reversing the direction of the rotating magnetic field in the motor, for example, the shaft can turn in the opposite direction to give astern power. “The design is innovative, being smaller and quieter than traditional motors, and also highly survivable,” he said.

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