BATH — The Bath Iron Works has been awarded a nearly $663 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build the next-generation destroyer.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday that she has been informed by the Navy that the General Dynamics-owned shipyard will build the ship, known as the DDG-116.

Collins says the decision is good for the work force and the entire state of Maine.

The Republican says the contract is a demonstration of the confidence the Navy has in BIW’s work.

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