Sen. Susan Collins says the Appropriations Committee has approved $1 billion toward the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke destroyer to be built at Bath Iron Works.
The Maine Republican said it's important for Bath — and the Navy — to have the extra ship, saying "fewer ships means less presence, less security at home, and less security around the world."
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The full Senate and House will have to approve the funding for the warship to become a reality.
The extra ship would be welcome at Bath. The shipyard is trying to avoid heavy layoffs by bidding for a Coast Guard contract to build the next generation of offshore patrol cutters.