Eighth Virginia-Class Submarine, California (SSN 781), Launched

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NSYE:NOC) reached a construction milestone by launching the Virginia-class submarine California (SSN 781) at the company's shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. on Nov. 14. "Launch is a special milestone in the life of a submarine, this is the first time she's put into the water," said Becky Stewart, vice president of submarines and fleet support for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. "California is 88 percent complete. This event means we're one step closer to delivering the ship well ahead of the contract delivery date."

On Nov. 11, shipbuilders used a transfer car system to move the 7,800-ton ship out of the construction facility to the floating dry dock. Two days later, the floating dry dock was submerged, successfully launching California into the James River. Once in the water, tugboats moved California to the shipyard's submarine pier where final outfitting and testing will take place.

California, the eighth ship of the Virginia class, is named after the "Golden State." The ship was christened on Nov. 6, 2010. Upon delivery to the Navy in 2011, it will be 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 Virginia-class submarines.

 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

US, India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing,

This Day In Naval History - February 10

1862 - A flotilla under Cmdr. Stephen C. Rowan aboard USS Delaware engages the gunboats and batteries at Elizabeth City, N.C, capturing CSS Ellis and sinking CSS Seabird.

BAE Systems Awarded £201m to Advance Successor Sub Design

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £201 million to further the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.   The

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0687 sec (15 req/sec)