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FAQ

 

Q: How do I submit my resume or ask employment-related questions?

A: GDBIW does not accept printed or e-mailed resumes from external applicants.

Please e-mail your employment-related questions to employment@gdbiw.com,
or call us at (800) 453-0604

Q: What is your mailing address?

A: GD Bath Iron Works, 700 Washington Street, Bath ME 04530

Q: What are your telephone and fax numbers?

A: You can reach us at (207) 442-3311 (phone) and (207)-442-1567 (fax).

The Contact Us section of the site provides a few more specific numbers.

Q: Do you sell ship-related items: caps, teeshirts, golf shirts, lithographs, etc.?

A: No. GDBIW does not sell any Navy-related items or emblematic wear. These items are sold by the
ship crew, and the small profit goes to a good cause. In general, you can find information about specific
ship memorabilia at: https://www.mynavyexchange.com/

Q: How do I find photos and specific information about GDBIW-built US Navy ships?

A: Our web site provides photographs and basic public information on ships built by Bath Iron Works. For security reasons, we do not release additional information.

Further information on GDBIW ships may be available at the US Navy web site:

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/destroyers/destroyers.asp

Q: How do I find out about an older BIW-built ship?

A: We do not employ an archivist or a company historian. Almost everything that is available is posted in our 'Bath Built Ships' section.

There are other public-domain sources we would also recommend. One is the online Dictionary of US Naval Fighting Ships, another is the Naval Historical Institute in Washington DC.

Many older ships have active Ship's Associations. And ships in service typically have their own web pages. The Tin Can Sailors' Association is well-informed about BIW ships. The Destroyer History Foundation specializes in US Navy vessels.

Q: Do you offer tours of your facility?

A: No, we do not. GDBIW is a secure defense establishment, and access is strictly limited.

Q: Can I tour a ship?

A: Bath Iron Works is a secure defense industrial site. Ship tours are not permitted for the general public. Only invited business visitors and guests of the Navy may tour a ship at any stage of completion.

Q: How can my company do business with GDBIW?

A: Check the Purchasing section of this website. If you have further questions, please contact our Purchasing Department at 207-442-1271

Q: Where can I get general questions about GDBIW answered?

A: The questions are probably answered here somewhere. But if not, please refer to the Contact Information section of this site.

Q: Do you respond personally to e-mails?

A: We route all messages for appropriate consideration. However, because of the large number of messages we receive, we don't guarantee a personal response. We do filter for spam, unwanted attachments, etc.

Q: Can I attend a christening?

A: Yes. Our christenings are by tradition open to the general public. We welcome guests, but we will require a positive ID and compliance with a security check on entry. No liquid containers are permitted. BIW is a tobacco-free environment, and visitors are expected to comply with this and other regulations. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Even on a christening day, remember that you are still in a manufacturing environment. Avoid sandals, flip-flops, high-heeled shoes, shorts or other unsuitable footwear or clothing. Observe all safety warnings, and follow the instructions of BIW staff.

Q: How do I get a seat at a christening?

A: Some open seating is provided. Arrive early!

However, for visitors who have a medical requirement for seating, please contact us well in advance so we can formally invite you by mail, and assign a seat on receiving your RSVP.

Q: Did the actor John Wayne really launch a ship at Bath?

A: John Wayne attended the launch and christening of the frigate Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7) on September 25, 1976. She was the lead ship of a class that is still in service with the US Navy and others. He was a platform guest because he was a board member of one of the major sub-contractors. As sometimes happened, the ship did not immediately begin to move after the champagne bottle broke on the bow, and the final wedges were removed. In response to a joking call from the crowd for the brawny film star to lend a hand, Mr Wayne pushed on the bow of the ship. It began moving. And another shipbuilding folk tale was born.

Q: How can I attend a keel-laying, or a mast-stepping?

A: These are private Navy events and attendance is by invitation only.

Q: Do the multi-colored helmets of the workers at GDBIW mean anything?

A: Yes, they are coded by trade and profession, so that workers can identify each other at a distance. There's a list of what the helmet colors mean, right HERE.

Q: Didn't BIW build Liberty ships during World War II?

A: The Bath yard was dedicated to destroyer work. BIW and Todd Shipbuilding operated a jointly owned yard in South Portland, ME where these ships were constructed. That yard was demolished after 1945.

Q: Didn't BIW have a Portland shipyard more recently?

A: This facility centered on a dry dock which was used to mount sonar domes on the bow of naval vessels after launch from a conventional inclined slipway: there was a risk of damaging the domes on the river bottom in Bath. The Portland yard closed when BIW expanded its Bath facility in 2001, and we began building complete ships on the horizontal Land Level Transfer Facility.

Q: Why don't you launch ships in the conventional inclined slipway fashion anymore?

A: It's not cost-effective. And it's not that conventional any more, either. You'll find that few shipyards do so. BIW is a world leader in naval shipbuilding technology and has moved on. Our modular techniques and the use of the land level transfer facility since 2001 have significantly increased efficiency and reduced costs.

Q: What was your peak employment?

A: Back in 1944, when we employed 12,000 workers. 82 destroyers were built at Bath during the Second World War, totaling more than the entire Japanese wartime output.

Q: Why are there so few direct links on this site?

A: It's partly a security precaution, but also a question of us not wishing to endorse other information sources. It's an idea common to all General Dynamics business unit sites. Please cut-and-paste any addresses we don't link to. And, of course, let us know if they are wrong, so we can fix them.