A Message From Dirk on Schedule Recovery

Dear BIW Colleagues,

Over the past several months, members of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee have been working together to identify our production challenges as a shipyard and find solutions to improve our ability to deliver ships on time.

Today, I am excited to announce that we are on track to achieve the three milestones we needed to meet in 2020 to begin schedule recovery across our backlog. They are:

  • Getting DDG 118 to sea for builder’s trials, which will happen on December 15th
  • Getting Fabrication on schedule to ensure downstream customers have the parts they need to do their work
  • Accelerating Pre-Outfit’s shipbuilding rate to 1.5 ships per year, which is on track to be achieved by year-end

As promised, the shipyard will enjoy Christmas Eve off as an additional paid holiday as a reward for this achievement. Great work everyone.

These near-term goals are part of a larger three year plan to ensure BIW is delivering the shipbuilding velocity the Navy expects on our existing work and to position us to win new work. Our success depends on continuing to work together to solve problems as we have done in 2020 so we can keep building momentum every day. Next year that momentum will help us deliver DDG 118 and DDG 1002, achieve Aegis Light Off on DDG 120 and DDG 122, lay the keel for DDG 124 and accelerate Pre-Outfit’s shipbuilding rate to 2 ships per year.

I am proud of what each of you has contributed to make progress in 2020 and grateful for the effort so many of you have put into making the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee an effective part of achieving our goal of “Building ships together, on time, every time”. Thank you.

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