HII to Build First Two Columbia-Class Submarine Modules

November 23, 2020 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a contract modification from General Dynamics Electric Boat in support of construction on the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines The contract modification, valued at approximately $2.2 billion, provides continued design support efforts, as well as the construction and delivery of six…

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Skyfront Unveils Control Handoff Capability During First Drone Delivery to a Submarine

November 18, 2020 – The long-endurance hybrid-electric Skyfront Perimeter drone was recently used to perform the first ship-to-submarine delivery via small unmanned aircraft. During the historic flight, the Perimeter took off from a moving surface vessel and delivered supplies to the crew of the ballistic missile submarine, in a quick and cost-effective way to resupply submarines at sea. The flight…

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US SSBN force celebrates 60 years of strategic deterrence

November 16, 2020 – The ballistic-missile submarine force celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first strategic deterrent patrol by an SSBN, Nov. 15. USS George Washington (SSBN 598) departed Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 16 Polaris missiles on the first strategic deterrent patrol, Nov. 15, 1960. George Washington was the lead ship in its class, and the first of 41 SSBNs…

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Navy Starting Construction on Columbia Class

November 5, 2020 – Navy awarding $9.5 billion to General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) Corporation to construct and test the lead and second ships of the COLUMBIA Class, SSBN 826 and SSBN 827. “I applaud the efforts of the Navy and industry team who worked aggressively on this contract,” said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development…

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Naval Foundry and Propeller Center makes historic first casting for Columbia-class submarines

October 9, 2020 – The Naval Foundry and Propeller Center (NFPC) in Philadelphia, a detachment of Norfolk Naval Shipyard, made the first casting for a Columbia-Class submarine Aug. 26. The Honorable James F. Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, along with senior Navy leaders and congressional members, visited NFPC to see the historic event. “This…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Completes USS Wyoming’s Engineered Refueling Overhaul

October 9, 2020 – USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) has returned to the fleet following completion of its Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) Oct. 9. An ERO is a complex, major shipyard availability during which the submarine is refueled and upgraded before returning to sea to support the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy. In addition to Wyoming’s refueling, NNSY…

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SSBN Aleksandr Nevsky Returns to Kamchatka

September 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – The strategic nuclear-powered missile submarine “Aleksandr Nevsky” returned to Kamchatka, to its permanent base after a long-term fulfillment of tasks at sea. At the pier, the submariners were met by the commander of the Pacific Fleet’s submarine forces, Vice-Admiral Vladimir Dmitriev, officers of the submarine formation headquarters, representatives of the Vilyuchinsky urban district administration,…

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General Dynamics Fire Control System for Columbia & Dreadnought Class SSBNs

June 19, 2020 – The U.S. Navy recently awarded a new contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems that includes a broad scope of work for the Columbia and Dreadnought ballistic missile submarine class to support development, production, and installation requirements. The contract as awarded has a value of $104,214,429 over the next four years. This contract is the first for…

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Babcock Awarded Missile Tube Contract Extension by Electric Boat

June 2, 2020 – Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been awarded a multimillion pound contract extension to manufacture a further 18 tactical Missile Tube Assemblies (MTAs) for General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB). It is part of the Common Missile Compartment (CMC) project for the UK Dreadnought class and US Columbia class submarine programs, and will support more than…

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Project 955A Prince Vladimir Sea Trials in White Sea

May 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – The new strategic missile submarine cruiser Prince Vladimir, which performs the tasks of a control exit before being transferred to the Northern Fleet, has embarked on an underwater test in the White Sea. Since May 12, the crew acted in the surface position, checking the navigation and maneuverability of the ship. Tests of the…

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