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Northrop Grumman Delivers New Mexico Sub

Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the sixth submarine of the Virginia class, New Mexico (SSN 779), to the U.S. Navy, four months ahead of schedule. New Mexico's 70-month construction period represents the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine. The keel for New Mexico was authenticated April 12, 2008, and the ship was christened on Dec. 13, 2008. New Mexico, named for "The Land of Enchantment," is the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, providing undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build the first 18 ships of the Virginia class. Current plans call for 30 Virginia-class submarines in the fleet. Using millions of parts from over 4,000 suppliers in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Virginia-class submarines incorporate dozens of new technologies and innovations and are the first major combatants designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. (

Testing of Virginia Class Submarines is Underway

By Team Submarine Public Affairs The TECHEVAL marks the first of many milestones being accomplished by the Virginia Class Program this year. North Carolina (SSN 777), the fourth ship of the class, is scheduled for delivery later this month and will be commissioned on May 3 in Wilmington, N.C. The fifth Virginia Class ship, New Hampshire (SSN 778), will be christened June 21 at General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton, Conn

Electric Boat Awarded $267m Contract

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $267m modification to previously awarded contract N00024-05-C-2103 to exercise options for continuation of engineering efforts associated with lead construction yard for Virginia-class submarines. The contract provides Lead (Construction) Yard engineering support that will maintain, update and support the Virginia-class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia-class submarine, including technology insertion

Navy's New Sub Class Conducts First Cruise Missile Launches

By Team Submarine Public Affairs The Navy conducted multiple launches of Tomahawk cruise missiles from USS Virginia (SSN 774) in August in the as part of the program's developmental and operational testing efforts.  The test launches, the first ever for a Virginia-class submarine, included the launch and extended flight of multiple missiles to demonstrate the 's launch capabilities. “Completing the Tomahawk flight tests is an important milestone in proving the class design and

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine to U.S. Navy

General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat, noted that Mississippi was at the most combat-ready state of any Virginia-class submarine at delivery

Submarine Minnesota Delivered on Budget and Ahead of Schedule

Minnesota (SSN 783), the last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines, delivered today, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division delivered the submarine Minnesota (SSN 783) to the U.S. Navy. The boat, the last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines, delivered nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. Construction of Minnesota began in February 2008, and the keel was authenticated in May 2011. The 10th Virginia-class submarine, named to honor residents of Minnesota and their continued support of the U.S

General Dynamics: $17.6B Contract for Submarines

The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) is shown during sea trials.  (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries/Released)

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $17.6 billion for the construction of 10 additional Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The multi-year Block IV contract enables Electric Boat and its industry teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of two ships per year over a five-year period. Construction of the first Block IV submarine, SSN-792, will begin May 1

Eight Months Early: Navy Takes Delivery of New Hampshire

By Team Submarine Public Affairs The Navy took delivery of its newest attack submarine, Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Hampshire (SSN 778), from General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) on Aug. 27, eight months early to its contract delivery date. New Hampshire is the fifth Virginia-Class submarine and the third delivered by GDEB. New Hampshire's early delivery is an important milestone for both the submarine force and the Virginia-Class Program.  

U.S. Nuclear Submarine Mississippi Completes First Voyage

The nation’s newest and most-advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, Mississippi (SSN-782), returned to the Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called alpha sea trials. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most-capable class of attack submarines ever built. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). During the alpha sea trials

General Dynamics Bags USN's VPM Development Contract

Virginia Payload Module

  The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $6.5 million contract modification to support development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines. The section will extended the hull by 70 to 80 feet and boost strike capacity by 230 percent while increasing the cost by less than 15 percent

Michelle Obama to Christen Navy's Newest Submarine

First Lady Michelle Obama

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will join builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear attack submarine, at an invitation-only ceremony Saturday, October 10.  

Virginia-Class Submarine Named USS Iowa

Virginia class Attack Submarine

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Ames, Iowa to announce that SSN 797, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Iowa.   The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy

US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit

New Submarine Named USS Idaho

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy

Navy to Commission Submarine John Warner

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN-785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

  The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS John Warner (SSN 785), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, VirginiaVa. The event will be live streamed at under webcast.

Harris Receives $15 Million Contract to Provide Acoustic Sensors

Virginia-class submarines are equipped with acoustic sensors to help track ships. U.S. Navy photo

 Harris Corp received a $15 million, 4 year follow-on contract to provide acoustic sensors for installation on the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines.   The sensors are designed to facilitate data sharing between the LWWAA system and the submarine’s combat platform for

US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

USS North Dakota (U.S. Navy Photo)

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.   

Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  

Newport News to Host JAMF Ground-breaking Event

Newport News Shipbuilding to host ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft carrier and submarine production facility   Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Joint Manufacturing and Assembly Facility (JMAF) on Monday

Curtiss-Wright Wins $480m Deal for Navy Subs

Image: Curtiss-Wright Corp

 Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corp. has won a series of contracts valued at $480 million to supply parts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class nuclear submarines.   The Navy’s Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program covers 10 submarines

Russia Builds Yasen-class Submarines


 Russia is going to complete building a series of seven Yasen-class nuclear submarines by 2023, says Vladimir Dorofeyev, CEO of the Malakhit Marine Engineering Design Bureau.   According to previous reports, the state armaments program for the period until 2020 envisaged construction

The Dolphins of US Navy

Pic: US Navy

A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea

John Warner Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials

The John Warner, a new Virginia-class submarine, is launched. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 A Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner has successfully completed an initial round of sea trials,  reports UPI.   The U.S. Navy has completed initial sea trials to demonstrate its systems and capabilities

US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey

Image: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports.   U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine

US Navy Lays Keel for PCU Indiana

A welder carves the initials of ships sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ricky Thompson)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Indiana (SSN 789) at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, May 16.   The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Diane Donald

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