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September 14, 2011: BIW president Jeff Geiger (above) responds with thanks for the Citizen of the Year 2011 Award, presented by the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce to the team of Bath Iron Works, United Way, Trek Across Maine, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and March of Dimes for their collective efforts in fundraising and community support.

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The BIW Ships feature below will eventually relocate to a new gallery, at which point we will feature a BIW ship photo-of-the-day here: these images are an extended preview. Unless otherwise noted, these are US Navy photos, and larger images can be obtained at


BIW Ships On Station

Featuring ship images from the current and preceding month: A slideshow of early images can be viewed at the bottom of the section.

December 14, 2011 - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulls into Naval Station Mayport after a successful six-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. Samuel B. Roberts participated in several joint military exercises with African navies and conducted anti-piracy operations.
December 14, 2011 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) is alongside the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The 50-year-old warrior is underway conducting flight deck qualifications and seamanship training in preparation for its 22nd and final deployment.
November 29, 2011 - In an Atlantic GD Marine Division rendezvous, the MSC dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2), right,
performs a vertrep with the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64).
November 29, 2011 - The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Chafee is underway on an independent deployment to the western Pacific.
November 23, 2011 - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a routine port visit at Souda Bay, Crete.
November 20, 2011 - Bath-built cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) transit the Suez Canal. The TAKE was the second in a series constructed by Bath's GD sister company, NASSCO.
November 16, 2011- An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Raptors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 approaches the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during flight quarters. The Bath-built ship is deployed with the 7th Fleet.
November 21, 2011 - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after an underway in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
(Nov. 15, 2011 - Bath-built guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) passes in front of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands, during the Koa Kai exercises.
November 14, 2011 - USS Hopper (DDG 70) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a seven-month independent deployment. Hopper conducted ballistic missile defense operations, as well as maritime interdiction operations and theater security cooperation.
November 14, 2011 - USS Cowpens (CG 63) pulls out of Hong Kong after a five-day port visit. Cowpens is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group and is conducting a patrol in the western Pacific Ocean.
November 12, 2011 - USS Chafee (DDG 90) is also participating in training maneuvers as part of the integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai, held off Honolulu.
November 12, 2011 - USS O'Kane (DDG 77) at sea near Honolulu.
November 12, 2011 - Bath-built USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) participate in Koa Kai. Units participating in Koa Kai will conduct integrated flight operations, anti-surface training, and dynamic ship maneuvers.
Nov. 3, 2011 - Bath-built USS Sterett (DDG 104) departs Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California, after an ordnance transfer operation.

October 28, 2011 - [LEFT] Friends and family members welcome USS Howard (DDG 83) as the ship returns to San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility.

November 1, 2011 - [RIGHT] Somewhere in the Pacific, the MSC oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) transits alongside our USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) during a replenishment at sea, framing a rainbow.

October 27, 2011 - USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) arrives at Marathi NATO Pier facility at Souda Bay, Crete for a routine port visit.
October 24, 2011 -  USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives at the Mombasa Port Authority to embark exercise participants from South Africa and Uganda for exercise Cutlass Express. Cutlass Express is a maritime domain awareness exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command. The exercise focuses on addressing piracy.
Oct. 24, 2011 - Family and friends greet Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) as the ship arrives at its new homeport at Naval Base San Diego. Spruance is the Navy's newest destroyer, commissioned Oct. 1 in Key West, Fla.
October 14, 2011 - The Bath-built guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) pierside in Istanbul during a four-day port visit. Philippine Sea is on a scheduled deployment in the Black Sea.
October 15, 2011 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), left, underway opposite the Russian Federation navy Slava-class cruiser RFS Varyag during a pass and review ceremony concluding exercise Pacific Eagle.
October 15, 2011: An SH-60 helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85). This evolution was part of Pacific Eagle, a bilateral exercise with the Russian Federation navy. McCampbell is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
October 6, 2011: Here's USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the North Minch, the sea channel separating the northwest highlands of Scotland from the Inner Hebrides. She's deployed as a participant in Exercise Joint Warrior 2011-2. Joint Warrior is a certifying event for ships deploying with coalition forces in future operations.
October 8, 2011: USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) is underway in the South China Sea as part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.
October 2, 2011: Bath-built USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transits the Arabian Sea. Still going strong 20 years after her 1991 delivery, Gettysburg is part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group deployed to the US 5th Fleet area of responsibility. She's conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
October 1, 2011: BIW's latest, Hull No 505, officially became USS Spruance (DDG 111) at a sunset commissioning ceremony in Key West, FL.