ASNE Northern New England Tours BIW Repair Facility
At the invitation of Bath Iron Works (BIW), the members of the Northern New England Section of the American Society of Naval Engineers were recently treated to a tour of BIW Portland Repair Facility. This operation is the result of the combined efforts of the city, state and private industry working to create a new business in Portland, Maine. Henry Stupinski, the general manager of the BlW facility, provided a first hand look at the corporation's newly acquired floating drydock, the shops, and the administration offices that support repair work at this facility. The drydock is large enough to accommodate an Iowa Class battleship.
After the dinner that followed, Comdr. Gary M. Voorheis, the Commanding Officer of the USS Conolly (DD 979), gave an in depth presentation on the capabilities of the Conolly.
The ship is the 17th of the Spruance Class Destroyers and is currently in overhaul at B1WPortland. The Conolly, outfitted with the most advanced underwater surveillance and fire control equipment, has a primary mission of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).