General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Missouri (SSN-780) to the U.S. Navy in a record 65 months and eight percent under target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD).
The 65-month delivery schedule beat the previous best for a Virginia-class submarine by five months. In addition, Missouri required 600,000 fewer labor hours to finish than the last submarine delivered at Electric Boat, USS New Hampshire (SSN-778).
At its float off last November, Missouri was 90% complete, another benchmark for the Virginia Class. Missouri will join the fleet in a commissioning ceremony Saturday at the Groton submarine base.
Missouri is the seventh ship of the Virginia Class, the Navy's first major combatant ships designed for post-Cold War missions. Virginia-class submarines embody the war-fighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean.