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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Completes Historic DDG 1000 Deckhouse Module Erection



General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Completes Historic DDG 1000 Deckhouse Module
                                   Erection

PR Newswire

BATH, Maine, Dec. 20, 2012

BATH, Maine, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 14, 2012, General
Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), erected
the composite deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the U.S. Navy's next
generation destroyer, and in the process achieved two new milestones in the
company's 128-year history:  a 900-ton, four-crane, static lift of the
deckhouse module for DDG 1000, and a record-breaking movement of the ship and
deckhouse on the shipyard's Land Level Transfer Facility, the total combined
weight of which exceeded 13,000 tons.

The 900-ton deckhouse module, built in Gulfport, Miss., was shipped by barge
to Bath Iron Works for installation on the ship, which is under construction
at the company's Bath shipyard.  The 155-foot-long, 60-foot-high and
60-foot-wide module was lifted to a height of approximately 100 feet using
four cranes:  two of Bath Iron Works' 300-ton capacity cranes and two
additional 400-ton cranes provided by Reed & Reed, Inc., a construction
company headquartered in Woolwich, Maine.  Once at the prescribed height, the
ship's 610-foot hull was then moved into position beneath the suspended module
using the shipyard's electro-hydraulic ship transfer system.  After confirming
final positioning of the deckhouse and ship, the module was lowered into
place.  The ship, including the newly erected deckhouse, was then moved back
to its original building position for continued construction. The 900-ton lift
more than doubled the shipyard's previous heaviest-lift record and the
movement of the ship and deckhouse far exceeded any previous ship or module
movements by Bath Iron Works.

Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works, said, "This was an historic and
highly complex evolution encompassing months of upfront engineering, planning
and preparation.  The entire process was executed with great precision and
disciplined teamwork by all involved.  The outstanding support and services
provided by Reed & Reed are worthy of special mention.  The overall success of
this effort is another strong statement about the capabilities and skills of
the 5,200 men and women of Bath Iron Works and our Navy customer.  As has been
demonstrated for over 100 years, the Bath Iron Works /Navy Team will deliver
the finest surface ships to the fleet, worthy of the Bath-Built legacy."

Geiger continued, "It also highlights the pivotal role of our Land Level
Transfer Facility.  As a result of investment and cooperation between General
Dynamics, the Navy, the state of Maine and the city of Bath, we were able to
bring this state-of-the-art facility on line in 2001, improving our processes,
productivity and competitive position.  We are preserving the 'Bath-Built is
Best-Built' heritage as well as many quality jobs in Maine for shipbuilders
and the hundreds of Maine-based suppliers with whom we do business.  Without
our experienced workforce and the Land Level Transfer Facility, we couldn't
have accomplished this effort."

A brief time lapse video of the DDG 1000 deckhouse erection, along with more
information about General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, can be found at
www.gdbiw.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.gd.com.

SOURCE General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

Website: http://www.gdbiw.com
Contact: Media: Jim DeMartini, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works,
+1-207-442-1695, or Investors: Amy Gilliland, General Dynamics,
+1-703-876-3748
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