Most of these stories from the past are written by Andy Toppan and featured in BIW News.
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The histories of Bath Iron Works and Hyde Windlass Company have long been intertwined.
Part of BIW’s WWII expansion continues to play a key role today.
Bath Iron Works built several of the ships that played a role in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Continuing BIW’s evolution into the Cold War era and the arrival of guided missile warships.
Guided missile technology evolved rapidly since WWII, and by the mid-1950’s, destroyers were armed primarily with missiles.
By the early 1970s the Navy was ready for a class of smaller frigates. BIW was ready to meet the demand.
BIW’s exceptional performance set the stage for construction of Aegis cruisers and today’s destroyer programs.
From 1983 to 2001, BIW’s Portland facility played a key role in the growth of the shipyard.
With a steady workload and new ownership, BIW matures into today’s modern shipyard.
Buchanan served three navies and met her end on an unprecedented, no-return mission.