General Dynamics Mission Systems Receives $299.9M for SSBN Fire Control Systems Modernization and Maintenance

December 18, 2019 – On Monday, the U.S. Navy awarded a follow-on, omnibus contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems that continues a broad scope of work for fire control systems and subsystems aboard U.S. Navy and United Kingdom’s Royal Navy nuclear ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN). The contract has a total potential value of $299,866,600 over the next four years. The omnibus…

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K549 Knyaz Vladimir Arrives in Severomorsk for Training

November 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – The latest strategic missile submarine prince Prince Vladimir of the Borey-A project completed the state test cycle at the Northern Fleet’s combat training ground in the White Sea and arrived in Severodvinsk. Within its framework, the crew successfully conducted test torpedo firing at an underwater target in the White Sea. Earlier, the crew of…

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Borey-A Class SSBN Vladimir Monmakh

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – Strategic missile submarine cruiser (SSBN) Vladimir Monmakh of the Borey-A project successfully performed test torpedo firing at the Northern Fleet combat training grounds in the White Sea. Shooting was carried out on the target vessel from an underwater position. Its implementation was provided by the forces of the White Sea naval base. Earlier, on…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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