WASHINGTON – General Dynamics on Thursday appointed Charles Krug president of its Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine after the former president of the shipyard resigned abruptly last month.

Crewe has worked for General Dynamics’ business since 2011, first as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Jet Aviation, and then, starting in 2018, as Vice President of Supplier Operations Support at Gulfstream Aerospace.

A U.S. Army veteran, Crewe served in a variety of aerospace roles before joining General Dynamics in 2011.

“Chuck’s leadership, proven manufacturing experience and sophisticated supply chain management experience will contribute to Bath Iron Works as it expands and increases the pace of shipbuilding for the US Navy,” said Robert E. Smith, General of Dynamics. Marine Systems, the company said in a statement.

Dirk Lesko was at the helm from 2016 until the beginning of April, when he resigned. He has worked at Bath Iron Works since 1990.

The company confirmed his departure in a two-sentence note on April 7.

General Dynamics is finishing work on the Zumwalt-class destroyer, and was behind nine ships in the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer program when Defense News visited the shipyard in November.

The shipyard lagged behind about a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a trade union strike in 2020. Lesko and the local international association of drivers ‘and aerospace workers’ unions, Ray Gauthier, told Defense News in November that the company and union were part of negotiations to end the strike, they had agreed on a plan that would return the shipyard on schedule within three years.

Lesko also said in an interview that the shipyard may be interested in taking on a second ship program to complement Burkes if the opportunity arises, and that the shipyard expects more details about the next-generation Navy destroyer DDG (X), which will come after the acquisition of Burke is completed, probably around fiscal 2030.

Megan Eckstein is a Navy War reporter for Defense News. It covers military news from 2009 with a focus on US Navy and Marine operations, acquisition programs and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when recording stories from a ship. Megan is a graduate of the University of Maryland.


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