On this date in Maine historical past: Oct. 24

October 24, 2007: The Navy says their Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, some of which were built at Bath Iron Works, Maine, will need $ 59.8 million worth of upgrades to their bows because they are rough when fully loaded and traveling on See structural damage.

A Navy spokesman says defense industry reports of “serious structural defects” seem exaggerated, however. The ships are fully capable of carrying out their missions, he said, and the repairs should reassure the Navy that they will have a full 35-year life expectancy.

The arches on ships under construction will be reinforced, and the recently delivered arches will be upgraded after shakedown cruises. The rest of the fleet will be retrofitted while docking, the spokesman says.

BIW built the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The shipyard was not aware of the defect until 2003, says a spokesman for the shipyard. The ships were built to Navy specifications, but the standards did not match actual sea conditions, he says.

Joseph Owen is a writer, retired newspaper editor, and a board member of the Kennebec Historical Society. Owen’s book, This Day in Maine, is available to order from islandportpress.com. To get a signed copy, use the promo code signed by Joe at checkout. Joe can be contacted at: [email protected]

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