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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Virginia Class News

North Carolina Sub Pressure Hull Completed

The Virginia Class North Carolina (SSN 777) on August 31 saw the completion of its pressure hull. This marked the completion of final welds that join sections of the cigar-shaped hull into a single unit that protects the crew and equipment from sea pressure. General Dynamic’s Electric Boat (GDEB) and Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) jointly build Virginia Class submarines. Each shipbuilder constructs sections of the ship, while final assembly, outfitting, test and delivery are alternated between them. GDEB has already delivered USS Virginia (SSN 774) under the co-production arrangement and will deliver Hawaii (SSN 776) this coming winter.

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.

General Dynamics Awarded $1.2B for Second Navy Sub

The U.S. Navy has released $1.2b for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program. The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at Electric Boat and its teammate, Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. "Today represents the culmination of an extraordinary effort by the Virginia-class team," said John D. Holmander, Electric Boat’s vice president for the Virginia Program.

General Dynamics Awarded Second U.S. Navy Sub

The U.S. Navy has released $1.2b for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). This award marks the beginning of production of two submarines per year on the Virginia-class program. The release of the funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at Electric Boat and its teammate, Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. "Today represents the culmination of an extraordinary effort by the Virginia-class team," said John D. Holmander, Electric Boat’s vice president for the Virginia Program.

Navy Awards GD $48.2M

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $48.2 million modification to an existing contract for research and development work on the Virginia-Class submarine program. The contract was initially awarded in September 2000, and could be worth $480 million over five years if all options are exercised and funded. Under the terms of this modification, Electric Boat will perform development studies for Virginia-Class design improvements, and will continue to evaluate new technologies for insertion into succeeding Virginia-Class submarines. The Virginia Class will provide the U.S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain its undersea superiority well in the 21st century.

General Dynamics Wins $12m Navy Deal

General Dynamics Awarded $12 Million for Virginia-Class Repair Parts   General Dynamics Electric Boat has received an $11.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide on-board repair parts for Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The modification was exercised under the $14 billion contract awarded to Electric Boat in December 2008 for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines, and has a potential value of $85 million.  

New Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'John Warner'

John Warner christening: Photo USN/HII by John Whalen

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'John Warner' (SSN 785), will be the first Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, following its christening by Mrs. Jeanne Warner at Newport News Shipbuilding yard, informs the US Navy. John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class submarine to be built. It is named after John Warner, the five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia who also served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife Jeanne is the ship's sponsor.

Future USS Washington Delivered

 USS Washington. Photo: United States Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class, May 26. Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Washington began construction in September 2011 and will be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Virginia. The submarine's sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Testing of Virginia Class Submarines is Underway

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., facility and is scheduled to deliver in August or September – seven to eight months before its contract delivery date. New Mexico (SSN 779), the seventh Virginia, will have its keel laid on April 12 at the Northrop Grumman Newport News facility in Newport News, Va. On Jan.

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, throughout its construction and Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) period. In addition, the contract provides Virginia-class development studies and design efforts.

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Missouri

Photo courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat

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).

Electric Boat Corporation Wins $148M Navy Contract

Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $148m cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (with performance incentives) under previously awarded contract to exercise an option for continuation of engineering efforts associated with their role as 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, throughout its construction and Post Shakedown Availability period. The contractor will also provide all engineering necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia Class ship specifications. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn.

Virginia-Class Boats Sailing Into Action

The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine PCU New Hampshire (SSN 778) makes her way down the Thames River for the first times as she embarks on Alpha Sea Trails. New Hampshire is the fifth Virginia-class submarine built and is scheduled to be commissioned this fall. U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski

By Lt. Out of the nine fast-attack boats underway in the , four of them are Virginia-class submarines. USS Virginia (SSN 774), USS Texas (SSN 775), USS North Carolina (SSN 777) and Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) (SSN 778) are all currently conducting exercises and tests off the Atlantic coast. USS Hawaii (SSN 776), the first Virginia-class boat to deploy, is currently at General Dynamics Electric Boat conducting a post-shakedown availability, an industrial activity availability assigned to correct deficiencies found during the shakedown cruise or to accomplish other authorized improvements.

Electric Boat Wins $174m Navy Deal

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $174,486,588 cost-plus-fixed-fee option under existing contract (N00024-10-C-2118) for additional lead-yard services, development studies, and design efforts related to Virginia-class submarines. The contract provides lead, lead-yard services for Virginia-class submarines that will maintain, update, and support the Virginia-class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia-class submarine, including technology insertion, throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability period. The contractor will also provide all engineering and related lead-yard services necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia-class ship specifications.

Navy's New Sub Class Conducts First Cruise Missile Launches

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 brings us a significant step closer to the program's full rate production decision in 2009,” said Rear Adm. (sel.) David Johnson, Virginia Class program manager. “The Virginia Class was conceived and designed as a multi-purpose warship and these flight tests are another indication of the significant capabilities a submarine brings to the fight…

Electric Boat Wins $300 Mln Virginia-class Submarine Contract

Photo: Electric Boat

US-based General Dynamics subsidiary Electric Boat won a contract for more than $300 million to maintain design and engineering specifications for Virginia Class submarines, the US Department of Defense said in a press release. "Electric Boat has secured a one-year, $300.6 million contract to provide lead yard services and support development studies and design efforts for the U.S. Navy‘s Virginia-class submarines," says the release. The Defense Department said that Electric Boat Corp.

General Dynamics Bags $19 Mln U.S.Navy Order

Electric Boat  Courtesy General Dynamics

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines. This modification brings the cumulative value of the overall Virginia-class Lead Yard Services contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.46 billion.

Navy Signs 3rd Virginia-Class Contract

The Navy signed a five-year, $14b Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) contract for eight Virginia-class submarines Dec. 22. The contract, the third, or Block III, for the Virginia-class, calls for one ship per year in fiscal years (FY) 2009 and 2010 and two per year in FY 2011, 2012, and 2013. The contract also meets the Chief of Naval Operations' (CNO) and Virginia Class Program's mandate to reduce acquisition costs by approximately 20 percent for the FY 2012 ships. "This contract is a prime example of what you can do when you provide motivated people with a task and a deadline…

USS New Hampshire Goes for Maintenance

Image: The USS New Hampshire Community Commissioning Committee

The Virginia-class  nuclear-powered attack submarine USS New Hampshire has arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) for maintenance work, AP reported. It is the fifth Virginia-class submarine and the third U.S. Navy ship to be named in honor of the state of New Hampshire. USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) will complete scheduled maintenance work and several system upgrades while in the Shipyard. New Hampshire is the first Virginia-class major maintenance availability for the shipyard since completing the inaugural availability on USS Virginia (SSN 774) in 2012.

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. He credited the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base for achieving significant shipbuilding benchmarks with the delivery of Mississippi. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most advanced submarines in the world.

Navy Takes Delivery of Submarine North Carolina

The Navy took delivery of its newest attack submarine, PCU North Carolina (SSN 777), from Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) Feb. 21. North Carolina is the fourth Virginia-class submarine and the second delivered by NGNN. “Eighteen months ago I estimated that North Carolina would deliver six months late, but thanks to the hard work of a lot of people at both NGNN and GDEB [General Dynamics Electric Boat] we were able to deliver only about seven weeks late to the original schedule – a 10-month improvement when compared to NGNN’s first Virginia-class submarine, USS Texas (SSN 775),” said Capt. Dave Johnson, Virginia-class program manager. The Virginia-class is the Navy’s first major combatant designed and delivered specifically for the post-Cold War security environment.

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Hawaii

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the Hawaii (SSN-776), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics At a brief shipyard ceremony, Electric Boat President John Casey said Hawaii's early delivery has important implications for the future of the Virginia-class program. Hawaii is the third ship of the Virginia Class, the Navy's first major class of combatant ships designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. Approved nearly four years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Virginia-class submarines embody warfighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals

Northrop Grumman To Supply Radar Systems For New U.S. Submarines

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine unit has been awarded a contract to supply new-generation radar systems for two new Virginia-class attack submarines. The new radar systems will enhance navigational safety and efficiency by providing improved situational awareness for the watch team. The contract, valued at up to $9.5 million, was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command. Sperry Marine will supply new AN/BPS-16(V)4 radar systems for the USS Hawaii (SSN-776) and USS North Carolina (SSN-777), the third and fourth Virginia-class submarines, which are being built at General Dynamics Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News.

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