In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, welder Neal Larsen works on the hull a Zumwalt-class destroyer being built in the shipyard at Bath Iron Works in Bath. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Maine’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday the restoration of $1.6 billion to the Pentagon’s budget for 2022, to ensure funding for a Bath Iron Works contract to build one of the U.S. Navy’s next two DDG-51 destroyers.

President Joe Biden’s initial omnibus budget proposal would have funded only one of the destroyers, creating uncertainty about whether the shipyard or competitor Huntington-Ingalls would be first in line.

Delegation members said they worked to restore the funds for a second destroyer in various iterations of the budget, and they were included in the final version that Biden signed Tuesday.

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