General Atomics Awarded Manufacturing Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Bearing Support Structures

September 11, 2019 – General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to fabricate and deliver two large Bearing Support Structures (BSS’s) for the COLUMBIA Class submarines. “This contract leverages our extensive manufacturing competencies to ensure these critical structures are delivered to NSWCCD as the first new COLUMBIA Class submarine begins construction in October 2020,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “We have a proven track record in the manufacture of First-Time Quality components and safety-critical…

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Submarine Support Contracts

August 13, 2019 – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that it has been awarded contracts valued in excess of $80 million to provide propulsion valves for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine and Columbia-class submarines programs. The awards were received from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (BPMI) to support ship construction and spare parts procurement and General Dynamics Electric Boat to support ship construction for Block V, which includes the new Virginia Payload Module. “Curtiss-Wright is pleased to have been awarded these important naval defense contracts, building upon our long-standing…

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First Steel Cut for Columbia Class Program

May 23, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries hosted a ceremonial first-cut-of-steel event today at its Newport News Shipbuilding division to mark the start of advance construction for the Columbia-class submarine program. With the press of a button, a plasma-burning machine cut the first steel plate that will be used to build Columbia (SSBN 826), the lead ballistic missile submarine. As Newport News continues its digital transformation, the event also marked the first class of submarines that will be built using fully digital blueprints. “Today is a historic day,” said Jason…

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Navy Establishes New PEO Columbia

March 6, 2019 – The Navy announced March 6 the establishment of Program Executive Office Columbia (PEO CLB) to focus entirely on the Navy’s number one acquisition priority. PEO CLB will provide oversight of the construction of 12 Columbia-class submarines (SSBN) that will help the Navy maintain a credible, survivable and modern sea-based strategic deterrent into the 2080s. “This is the Navy’s most important program and establishing a new PEO today will meet tomorrow’s challenges head on,” said the Honorable James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for acquisition, research…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract Modification For First Columbia-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

November 6, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $197 million modification to a previously awarded contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components and commodity material and to begin advance construction on Columbia (SSBN 826). Newport News is a major subcontractor for the construction of the new class of ballistic-missile submarines, which are being designed…

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General Dynamics Awarded $481 Million for Continued Development of U.S. Navy’s Next Ballistic-Missile Submarine

September 17, 2018 – The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $480.6 million contract modification to continue the development of the lead Columbia-class submarine, the nation’s next-generation sea-based strategic deterrent. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. The modification includes funding for advance procurement, advance construction and long lead time material for Columbia (SSBN 826). Construction of the lead ship of the class is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020. The Navy plans to build a fleet of 12 new SSBNs. Initially…

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Retired President of Newport News Shipbuilding Honored With Navy League’s Nimitz Award

Matt Mulherin, former executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, was recognized by the United States Navy League April 9th as a 2018 recipient of its annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award. This award honors an industry leader who has demonstrated the leadership, statesmanship and dedication to the nation that were exhibited by the award’s namesake. Mulherin, who retired from the company in July 2017 after a distinguished 36-year career, was honored at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space banquet, held on Monday at…

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New Fixture Will Revolutionize Submarine Construction At Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has lifted and mounted a 400-metric ton caisson unit into its new Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility (JMAF). The specialized fixture will “revolutionize how we build submarines for our country,” said Matt Needy, Newport News’ vice president of operations. “A fixture of this magnitude allows us to significantly improve construction efficiencies and shorten our production span times in support of our current Virginia-class submarine programs and future work on the Columbia-class submarine program.” [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B0TTy2l414[/embedyt] The massive fixture, standing over 80 feet high, is…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 20, 2017

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Mitchel Field, New York, is being awarded a $154,403,864 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide U.S. and United Kingdom (UK) Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System Shipboard Integration Increment 8, Columbia and Dreadnought efforts for the navigation subsystem. This contract will provide the required navigation hardware and software design, testing, installation, and deliverables for the shipboard integration increment, along with the correlating fleet support services for the current fleet ballistic missile navigation subsystem. Specifically, the contract will provide U.S. and UK Inertial Navigation System…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract For Columbia-Class Integrated Product and Process Development

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat worth up to $468 million to begin work on integrated product and process development for the U.S. Navy’s new Columbia-class submarines. The Navy awarded a $5 billion detailed design contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat on Sept. 21. Newport News Shipbuilding is the subcontractor for the new class of ballistic-missile submarines that are being designed to replace the Ohio-class submarines. The contract work, which began on Oct. 1, allows for…

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21. The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment. “The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This contract…

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