- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

BATH, Maine (AP) - The spending bill that Congress has sent to President Barack Obama includes funding for another ship to be built at Bath Iron Works.

Maine’s congressional delegation added $1 billion for the extra destroyer into the package that cleared Congress on Friday. The president is expected to sign it.

The ship deal arose under a longstanding swap agreement in which Bath is supposed to get a destroyer for every transport dock built at the Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi. The Bath ship was contingent upon congressional approval and funding.

An extra ship would be welcome news at the shipyard, a General Dynamics subsidiary, where it’ll add to a backlog for 6,000 shipbuilders. Bath Iron Works will be bidding on Coast Guard cutters and more destroyers in the new year.

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