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  • 5 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Members of the US House of Representatives have urged defense appropriators not to cut a proposed increase in funding for additional Virginia-class submarines. A letter, signed by 36 members of the House of Representatives and sent to the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations, was released by co-chairs of the Congressional Submarine Caucus, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01), Rep. […]

  • 2 August 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    A new plan to build more attack submarines could be supported by the U.S. industrial base with careful planning and sufficient funding, a U.S. Navy report to Congress has concluded. Titled “The Submarine Industrial Base and the Viability of Producing Additional Attack Submarines Beyond the Fiscal Year 2017 Shipbuilding Plan in the 2017-2030 Timeframe”, the […]

  • 28 December 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    General Dynamics Electric Boat has awarded BWXT Nuclear Operations Group a contract for the delivery of Virginia Payload Module (VPM) launch tubes. According to the company, the contract is worth approximately $35 million. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines. Work has already […]

  • 16 October 2013

    The fast attack submarines USS Virginia (SSN 774) and USS Minnesota (SSN 783) have been selected as the initial two Virginia-class submarines to integrate female officers, announced Oct. 15. A total of six female officers, two Supply Corps and four nuclear-trained, will report aboard no later than January 2015. Both submarines are homeported in Groton, […]

  • 2 February 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has lifted and mounted a 400-metric ton caisson unit into its new Joint Manufacturing Assembly Facility (JMAF). The company says the fixture will speed up submarine construction. “A fixture of this magnitude allows us to significantly improve construction efficiencies and shorten our production span times […]

  • 19 July 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The U.S. Navy has test fired two Tomahawk cruise missiles from the newly designed submarine payload tubes on the Virginia-class USS North Dakota (SSN-784) for the first time ever. The tests took place in the Gulf of Mexico near Florida and proved the submarine’s ability to load, carry and vertically launch Tomahawk missiles from the new Block […]

  • 3 September 2015
    Authorities, Industry news

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Billings, Montana to announce SSN 794, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Montana. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy. The future USS Montana will be the second commissioned naval vessel […]

  • 7 December 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $432 million contract modification to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines.  Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Virginia-class submarines are built in blocks, or […]

  • 24 December 2019

    The US Navy has unveiled names of its two newest Virginia-class (SSN 774) fast-attack nuclear submarines. As informed, the submarines will be named after the American heroes of the Greatest Generation who perished in the former USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and USS Arizona (BB-39), bringing those names back into active-duty service after more than three quarters […]

  • 20 September 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    In a move envisioned to bring more efficiency at a lower cost, the US Navy will have its sailors use Xbox controllers on future Virginia-class submarines. The video game controllers will be controlling the two photonic masts that provide submariners with a 360 degree real-time situational awareness above the water. The idea to use the cheap controllers […]

  • 28 December 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat Corp. a $34.6 million contract modification to exercise options to procure on board repair parts for Virginia-class submarines, SSN 792 and 793. Under this modification, the U.S. Navy is procuring mechanical and electronic repair parts that will be stored on the ship while at sea. The yet to be […]

  • 8 September 2016

    A new commanding officer took charge of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, USS Virginia (SSN 774) during a change of command ceremony held aboard the submarine in its homeport, Naval Submarine Base New London Sept. 2. Cmdr. Jeffrey Anderson became Virginia’s 6th commanding officer when he relieved Cmdr. Steven Antcliff of command of the […]

  • 28 October 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The U.S. Navy is set to christen its thirteenth Virginia-class submarine USS Illinois on October 29. The christening ceremony will take in Groton, Connecticut, where the boat was built by General Dynamics Electric Boat. What makes USS Illinois stand out is that it is a Block III Virginia ship incorporating two tubes with twelve missiles instead […]

  • 4 March 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The U.S. Navy is set to christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine USS Washington (SSN 787), Saturday, March 5, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The future Washington is the 14th Virginia-class nuclear submarine and the fourth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship began construction in 2011 and will commission in 2017. The future […]

  • 20 January 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Secretary of the U.S. Navy announced January 19 that the Navy’s next Virginia-class submarine, the SSN 801, will bear the name USS Utah. The ceremony was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. By naming the submarine Utah, the Navy is honoring the city that was home to the Naval Supply Depot Clearfield, which […]

  • 5 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy has shared a video of the Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) entering Naval Station Norfolk after completing her final set of trials. The video was shared ahead of the submarine’s commissioning ceremony which is set to take place on October 7 in Norfolk. The future Washington will be the third US Navy […]

  • 1 May 2017

    Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding on April 29 hosted the christening ceremony of Indiana (SSN 789), the U.S. Navy’s 16th Virginia-class submarine. With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald […]

  • 28 May 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy took delivery of USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th Virginia-class submarine, on May 26. Washington is also the seventh boat in the class built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines. Washington began construction in September 2011 and will be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Virginia. […]

  • 15 June 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas. The submarine will begin construction in 2018 and is expected to join the fleet in 2023. The future USS Arkansas will be the fifth naval vessel to bear the name. The first was a […]

  • 5 September 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s fast attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) returned from her maiden deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, on September 1. One of Block II boats which were built in four rather than ten hull sections, USS Mississippi is the fourth and newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine to be homeported in Pearl Harbor. During the six-month […]

  • 3 June 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s initials were welded onto a metal plate as Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) looked on during a keel-laying ceremony for the new Virginia-class submarine, June 2.   Obama joined Navy leaders, shipyard personnel and crew families in celebrating the ongoing construction of the Navy’s 13th Virginia-class submarine during […]

  • 2 September 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The US Navy’s eighteenth Virginia-class submarine, Delaware (SSN 791), has returned to Newport News after completing the initial set of sea trials. The submarine, in the final stages of construction, spent three days at sea proving all of its systems, components and compartments. Delaware submerged for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the […]

  • 22 May 2012
    Industry news

      General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $6.8 million U.S. Navy contract modification to design and procure a common controller for various shipboard functions on Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics . This modification is part of an overall engineering contract supporting the Virginia-class submarine program. The […]

  • 6 May 2015
    Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    UTC Aerospace Systems has entered into an agreement with Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries to provide a number of composite components for the next 10 Virginia Class nuclear attack submarines, collectively referred to as Block IV. The agreements cover deliveries through 2020 to the shipbuilder. Work will be performed by the […]

  • 26 February 2017

    U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) welcomed a new commander in a ceremony held on the historic submarine piers in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, February 24. Cmdr. Mike R. Dolbec relieved Cmdr. Todd J. Nethercott as the new commanding officer. Capt. Richard Seif, commander, Submarine Squadron One, presided over the ceremony. Laura Bush, former […]

  • 30 October 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S Navy’s Virginia-class attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) was commissioned during an October 29 ceremony at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. The submarine is the first Navy vessel named for the state since the battleship Illinois (BB 7) was commissioned in 1901. The first USS Illinois was a battleship and was […]

  • 7 March 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    U.S. Navy’s 14th Virginia-class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries on March 5. Ship sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, smashed a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to mark the christening of the submarine named for the Evergreen State. […]

  • 8 October 2017

    The US Navy has commissioned USS Washington (SSN 787) – its 14th Virginia-class submarine – in a ceremony on Saturday. The commissioning ceremony took place on board Naval Station Norfolk. Submarine’s sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, gave the order to “man our ship and bring her to […]

  • 24 September 2018

    Virginia-class submarine USS California (SSN 781) wrapped up a six-month deployment, returning to her Groton homeport on Friday, Sept. 21. The nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine, under the command of Cmdr. Dave Payne, California returned to her homeport of Naval Submarine Base, New London following a deployment to the European Command Area of Responsibility. “The entire California […]