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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BAE Systems payload tubes to increase Virginia class strike capability

July 25, 2019 – BAE Systems has received a follow-on contract to produce 28 more payload tubes for the U.S. Navy’s Block V Virginia-class attack submarines. Under the contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat, a builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM). The Navy is adding significant capability to the latest Virginia-class boats by increasing the firepower and payload capacity of the Block V submarines. The VPM extends the length of Block V subs over previous…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of New Jersey (SSN 796)

March 19, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division hosted a keel authentication ceremony today for the Virginia-class attack submarine New Jersey (SSN 796). “We enjoy participating in the Navy’s many traditions,” said Jennifer Boykin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. “They offer us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our daily work and remind the talented shipbuilders and the crew of the important role we all play in something much greater than ourselves—our nation’s defense. “This tradition also begins a journey and lifelong partnership between…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Delaware (SSN 791)

December 17, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the 7,800-ton submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for…

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General Dynamics Awarded $346 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-Class Submarine Work

December 10, 2018 – General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $346.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technologies to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships, including the Virginia Payload Module. Initially…

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Newport News Shipbuilding Division Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)

October 20, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) christened the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) this morning at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, smashed a bottle of sparkling wine against the hull, celebrating the latest milestone of the newest U.S. Navy vessel prior to its launch. “I know it is a tremendous privilege to be selected as a pre-commission crew member, and the sailors standing with us today are the very best the Navy has…

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USS Indiana Brought to Life, Commissioned in Port Canaveral

October 1, 2018 – USS Indiana, the third submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state, was brought to life by its sponsor, Diane K. Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland Donald, the former director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and commander, Submarine Forces, Sept. 29, 2018. Before giving the order to bring the ship to life, Indiana’s sponsor had a few words to impart to those in attendance and any potential future adversaries. “Today we celebrate the time-honored tradition of placing USS Indiana into the…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Announces Leadership Changes to Submarine Construction Programs

August 22, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today leadership changes to the submarine construction programs at its Newport News Shipbuilding division. Jason Ward has been promoted to vice president of Columbia-class submarine construction. Dave Bolcar (pictured above), who served as vice president of all submarine construction, encompassing both the Virginia- and Columbia-class submarine programs, has assumed the role of vice president of Virginia-class submarine construction. “These changes reflect the significant growth and opportunities our submarine programs bring to the business,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin. “The Virginia-class…

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded $28 Million Contract to Support U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class Submarine Program

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $28 million to provide valves for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines. The award was received from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (BPMI) to support ship construction and spare parts procurement. The contract includes FY18 orders for two ship sets of submarine propulsion plant valves and spares. “Curtiss-Wright is pleased to have been awarded this important naval defense contract, which continues our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Nuclear Navy and ongoing support of critical naval defense platforms”…

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Future USS Indiana Delivered to Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th submarine of the Virginia class, June 25. The ship began construction in 2012 and is scheduled to commission in September. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority. “Indiana’s delivery marks the culmination of millions of man-hours of work by thousands of people across this country to bring the world’s foremost undersea asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Christopher Hanson, Virginia class program manager. “It is a…

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Future USS Indiana to be Commissioned in September

The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida, Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the sixteenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet. Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned with a name honoring the state of Indiana. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, is the ship’s sponsor. Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, Indiana will present leadership with a…

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BAE Systems to Provide Additional Payload Tubes for New Virginia-class Subs

BAE Systems has received a contract to produce payload tubes for two of the U.S. Navy’s new Virginia-class submarines to support increased firepower on the Block V version of the attack subs. Under the contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat, a builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver two sets, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules on the SSN 804 and SSN 805. “With the VPM, the Navy is adding significant capability to the Virginia-class by increasing the firepower of these subs and tripling…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Completes Initial Sea Trials of Indiana (SSN 789)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding completed the initial sea trials on the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789) May 25, 2018. The initial round of sea trials, known as alpha trials, provides an opportunity to test all systems and components. It includes submerging for the first time and high-speed maneuvers while on the surface and submerged. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8k8xQuVAWU[/embedyt] “Sea trials is a significant milestone and the first major test of submarine’s capabilities at sea,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “We are pleased with how…

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US Navy Contract Announcement May 22, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $16,637,619 cost-plus fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2118) for air conditioning unit component development.  Electric Boat Corp. will procure prototype material and manufacturing for air conditioning units to be used on Block V Virginia class boats.  The work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania (95 percent); and Groton, Connecticut (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2021. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,700,995 will be obligated…

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