Golden Backs Amendment that Includes Authorization for a Third DDG-51 Destroyer in FY2022

September 1, 2021
Press Release
Amendment to House defense budget bill would put defense spending on par with Senate, including additional DDG-51 destroyers that could be built at BIW

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Vice-Chair of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, cosponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today that would authorize construction of a third DDG-51 destroyer in FY 2022 and provide advance procurement funding for a third ship in FY 2023, among other provisions. 

“Authorizing two more DDG-51 destroyers over the next two years would be great news for our shipbuilding workforce at BIW,” said Golden. “These DDG-51s — the most versatile in our fleet — are key to our country’s national security interests at sea. I strongly support this bipartisan amendment because it will make necessary investments that help the American Navy keep us safe, protect thousands of good jobs in Maine, and prepare our shipyards and shipbuilders for the future.”

If successful, the amendment would raise the level of defense spending in the House bill by $25 billion over the President’s budget request. Today’s cosponsorship is just the latest action Golden has taken to advocate for military shipbuilding and the future of the defense industrial base. Since he joined the House Armed Services Committee in 2019, he has led and taken part in many successful efforts to support increased DDG-51 construction and protect Maine’s shipbuilding workforce, to include: