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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USS Nebraska tests four Trident II D5 missiles

September 6, 2019 – The U.S. Navy conducted four scheduled missile test flights of unarmed Trident II (D5) missiles from USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, off the coast of Southern California this week. The first two launches took place Sept. 4, and the last two were Sept. 6. All occurred before sunrise. These test flights were part of a Commander Evaluation Test (CET) whose primary goal was to validate performance expectations of the life-extended Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system. These launches mark 176 successful flights…

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Three Russian Submarines Surface Through Arctic Ice

June 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Project 885 lead multirole nuclear-powered submarine and two Project 667BDRM strategic subs practiced surfacing in open water patches amid Arctic ice during drills in May, the press office of Russia’s Northern Fleet reported on Monday. “The underwater nuclear-powered missile cruisers Tula, Novomoskovsk and Severodvinsk were involved in performing missions under the Arctic Ocean’s ice. The submariners practiced a whole range of under-ice sailing tasks, including the search for an open water patch in the designated area and surfacing through ice,” the press office…

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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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NATO Secretary General marks 50 years of UK submarine nuclear deterrent

May 21, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the United Kingdom for maintaining a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent for 50 years in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. “In NATO, we appreciate this enormous commitment to our shared security by generations of Royal Navy submariners and their families, by scores of dedicated support personnel in the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces and Civil Service, and by partners in industry”, the Secretary General underlined. At least one Royal Navy submarine carrying nuclear missiles has been on undersea patrol…

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Delivery of Project 885M Kazan to Russian Navy Delayed to 2021

May 17, 2019 (TASS) – The Project 885M Yasen-M-class multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine Kazan won’t be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2019 due to the need to finalize some auxiliary systems that fail to meet the Defense Ministry’s requirements, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Friday. “Following the results of dockside trials, and also the winter stage of shipbuilders’ trials [which ended in January], it has been established that some of the ship’s auxiliary sub-assemblies and mechanisms do not meet the requirements of the specifications set by…

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USS Rhode Island Successfully Tests Trident II D5

May 9, 2019 – USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) along with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted a successful test flight of one unarmed Trident II D5 missile, May 9. This launch marked the 172nd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile since its introduction to the fleet in 1989. This test flight was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, designated DASO 29. The primary objective of a DASO is to evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before…

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Fourth New Royal Navy SSBN Named HMS King George VI

May 3, 2019 – The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognize the Royal Navy’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years. The Defence Secretary has announced the fourth Dreadnought submarine as HMS King George VI ahead of a special service at Westminster Abbey today to recognize the Royal Navy’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD) over the past 50 years. Since April 1969, a Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine has…

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Continuous at sea deterrent 50: what you need to know

Known as Operation Relentless, at least one Royal Navy ballistic submarine has been patrolling the world’s oceans, unseen and undetected for 50 years. CASD is the longest sustained military operation ever undertaken by the UK. CASD 50 was officially launched on 16 January 2019 when the First Sea Lord visited HM Naval Base Clyde to highlight the 50 year anniversary and present Royal Navy submariners with the new, silver, deterrent pin which will be awarded to those who have completed ten or more patrols. The history of the UK’s nuclear deterrent stretches back to…

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Project 955 Aleksandr Nevskiy Practices Hostile Breakout

March 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the atomic nuclear-powered submarine cruiser “Alexander Nevsky” of the Submarine Forces of the Pacific Fleet worked at sea elements of the course task L-2. In the course of the exercise, naval minesweepers from the compound of the protection of the water area of ​​the Troops and forces in the North-East of Russia provided the wiring of the nuclear-powered icebreaker for the trawls and the exit of the ship from the station of deployment. Previously, for the safe…

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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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£235 Million Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Deal

February 25, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine. The multi-million-pound deal with Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of the systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will sustain around 500 UK jobs. During the visit to Rolls-Royce’s site in Raynesway, Derbyshire, the Defence Secretary also announced that HMS…

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New Nuclear Submarine Named

February 25, 2019 – The greatest name in the history of the Royal Navy in the 20th Century will be resurrected in the 21st. The third next-generation nuclear deterrence submarine will be named HMS Warspite, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today, carrying on the tradition of breathing new life into first-generation hunter-killer names. The boat will take her place in the Fleet in the 2030s, alongside HMS Dreadnought, Valiant and a fourth, as yet unnamed, submarine, each carrying Trident nuclear missiles on deterrence patrols for three months at a time.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 29, 2019

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is awarded $13,067,576 for contract modification P00006 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00030-18-C-0005) for sustainment of the U.S. and United Kingdom SSBN Fire Control System; and the U.S. SSGN Attack Weapon Control System, including training and support equipment and research and development. The work will be performed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (97.50 percent); and other various locations less than one percent each (2.50 percent), with an expected completion date of December 2020. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,004,025;…

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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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