Defence Secretary Announces £400m SSBN Funding Boost

December 6, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a £400 million funding boost for the Dreadnought program, as he opened a new training academy and revealed the name of the second Dreadnought submarine. The planned funding release, which supports the building phase of the programme, came as the Defence Secretary unveiled a £25 million BAE Systems academy that will upskill employees to work on Royal Navy submarines for the next two decades. The £400million investment will safeguard more than 8,000 jobs in Barrow and across the UK,…

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Operation Damier: Secure the Brest Gully

November 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – Launched in the harbor of Brest at the beginning of November, Operation Damier 18.2 is a mine warfare operation motivated by the need to secure the Brest Gully. Its purpose is to permanently and securely guarantee the passage of nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs) on Long Island. Thanks to the trained crews and high-performance sonars of the tripartite mine hunters (CMT) and the committed sonar towing vessels (BRS), the Damier operation is an opportunity to continually update the database of the Brest seabed and thus…

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Prime Minister felicitates crew of INS Arihant on completion of Nuclear Triad

November 5, 2018 – Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received today the crew of Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol, completing the establishment of the country’s survivable nuclear triad. Stressing the significance of the successful deployment of INS Arihant for the completion of India’s nuclear triad, the Prime Minister congratulated the crew and all involved in the achievement which puts India among a handful of countries having the capability to design, construct and operate SSBNs. Noting that the indigenous development…

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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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Coast Guard, Navy participate in ribbon cutting ceremony for new pier and facilities in Port Angeles

September 14, 2018 – The entrance to the Transit Protection System pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 14, 2018. The 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle is located on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles and can berth up to seven boats. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

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Veolia to Scrap Retired French SSBNs

September 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – After ships at the end of their life, Veolia is entrusted, in Cherbourg, with the deconstruction and valorization of 5 former nuclear submarines Launcher d’Engin (SNLE). Pascal Tissot, President of Veolia Déconstruction France, explains the stakes of this extraordinary contract. After the SNLE Le Tonnant, the 4 submarines The Terrible, The Lightning, The Indomitable and The Unyielding will in turn be deconstructed. Recyclable materials from this transaction – mainly ferrous and non-ferrous metals – will be sorted and prepared for sale. 87% of these materials can…

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USS Wyoming Arrives at NNSY for an Engineered Refueling Overhaul

USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Jan. 9 for its 27-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO). As a critical piece in the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy, the submarine will be refueled and upgraded during this major availability. In a first for NNSY, Enlisted Women at Sea ship alterations will be performed onboard, modifying the layout of berthing areas. For the other work, the availability is highly similar to the shipyard’s ERO currently being conducted on USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), allowing the Wyoming project to leverage off record-setting successes…

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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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Royal Navy Major Mission Milestone

Royal Navy Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde marked a major milestone recently with the successful completion of the 350th deterrent patrol. As the country’s ultimate weapon, submarine operations and movements are kept a closely guarded secret, but the Silent Service has temporarily broken its silence to reveal the significant achievement.  “Our nuclear submarines are among the most complex machines ever built and ensuring that one is at sea continuously is a huge challenge,” said Rear Admiral John Weale OBE, Head of the UK Submarine Service.  “That the Royal Navy…

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First Project Borey-A SSBN float up at Severodvinsk November 17

The ceremony to floated out the head strategic missile underwater cruiser Knyaz Vladimir will take place at the Sevmash enterprise in Severodivnsk, on November 17. After that, the missile carrier Knyaz Vladimir will undergo all factory and state tests. The missile underwater strategic cruiser Knyaz Vladimir represents the fourth generation of nuclear submarines. The Borey-A-class missile carries have advanced specifications comparing to the predecessors, the Borey-class submarines. As the Navy’s CINC Admiral Vladimir Korolev pointed out, this would be a vital practical step in equipping the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces…

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UK marks 350th UK deterrent patrol

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has today marked the UK’s 350th nuclear deterrence submarine patrol by hosting talks on collective global security with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the North Atlantic Council. The UK Defence Secretary welcomed Jens Stoltenberg and all 29 NATO ambassadors to the home of the UK’s independent strategic nuclear deterrent, Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde. Sir Michael also took the opportunity to confirm that the UK will continue to play a leading role in NATO’s deterrence missions and will modernize and upgrade the Clyde…

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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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50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

Today we see the contours of a re-emerging debate and focus on Russia’s naval capabilities in the High North and the North Atlantic – not on the Arctic per se, which has been heavily debated for more than a decade, but rather on the global role of the Russian navy and its nuclear deterrent. Concerns about Russian strategic nuclear submarines (SSBNs) first came to the fore in NATO 50 years ago, with the advent of the Yankee class SSBN. This development received great attention in the 1967 annual intelligence reporting…

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Lockheed Martin Announces Multi-Year Plan to Relocate Fleet Ballistic Missile Program to Other U.S. Facilities

February 23, 2017 – Lockheed Martin today announced plans to relocate the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program within its Space Systems business area to co-locate employees in facilities with common skills and resource requirements. These moves, which are enabled by government approval, are expected to deliver substantial cost savings while centralizing mission expertise in key locations. Over the next eight years, the company plans to move approximately 650 positions from its Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, California, to other Lockheed Martin locations in the U.S. Sites in Florida and Colorado, which have complementary facilities and…

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