2016 - Press Release Archives

General Dynamics to Christen the U.S. Navy’s Most Advanced Submarine, Colorado, on Saturday

GROTON, Conn. (December 1, 2016) – General Dynamics Electric Boat will christen Colorado (SSN-788), the U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony at its shipyard on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Annie Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, is the ship’s sponsor. Secretary Mabus will be the event’s principal speaker.

The submarine Colorado is the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, Colorado and the other Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the U.S. Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean.

Electric Boat and its partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, share construction of the submarines under a teaming agreement. A total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have been delivered, are under construction or under contract.

A "live" video and audio webcast of the Colorado christening will be accessible online at www.gdeb.com. Webcast coverage will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EST; the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:15 p.m. The program will be available for on-demand replay for one week, beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Attendance is by invitation only. More information about the christening is available at www.gdebchristenings.com.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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Submarine Illinois Completes First Voyage

GROTON, Conn. (August 1, 2016) – The nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, Illinois (SSN-786), returned to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard Sunday following the successful completion of alpha sea trials, its first voyage in open seas. Illinois is the 13th ship of the Virginia Class, the most capable class of attack submarines ever built. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Illinois’ alpha sea trials included a range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations, submerging for the first time and high-speed runs on and below the surface to demonstrate that the ship's propulsion plant is fully mission-capable.

The sea trials were directed by U.S. Navy Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., director – Naval Nuclear Propulsion. Also participating in the sea trials were Capt. Jeffrey Heydon, supervisor of shipbuilding in Groton, and Jeffrey S. Geiger, president of Electric Boat. Illinois is commanded by Cmdr. Jesse Porter.

"The crew and shipbuilders worked together seamlessly to take this submarine to sea and put it through its paces," said Geiger. "It was a superb effort by everyone involved, and reflects the commitment of the Navy and industry team to sustain the success of the Virginia-class submarine program. I deeply appreciate the contributions made by the Navy personnel, shipbuilders and suppliers who made it happen."

Electric Boat and its construction teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, already have delivered 12 Virginia-class submarines to the Navy: USS Virginia (SSN-774), USS Texas (SSN-775), USS Hawaii (SSN-776), USS North Carolina (SSN-777), USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), USS New Mexico (SSN-779), USS Missouri (SSN-780), USS California (SSN-781), USS Mississippi (SSN-782), USS Minnesota (SSN-783), USS North Dakota (SSN-784) and USS John Warner (SSN-785). Fifteen more submarines of the class are under contract.

Virginia-class submarines displace 7,835 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes and Tomahawk land-attack missiles.

General Dynamics Electric Boat has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and lifecycle support of U.S. Navy submarines. In its position as an industry leader, Electric Boat remains committed to advancing its technical strengths, while providing the business expertise to effectively manage the challenges of nuclear-submarine production. The company’s three primary locations are in Groton and New London, Conn.; and Quonset Point, R.I. Its current workforce is approximately 14,500 employees.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $19 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia Payload Module Development

GROTON, Conn. (July 19, 2016) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines.

This modification brings the cumulative value of the overall Virginia-class Lead Yard Services contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.46 billion.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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Electric Boat employee Liz Bove retires after 58 years with the company

After 58 years, Liz Bove says goodbye to Electric Boat

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U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $116 Million for Virginia Payload Module Development

GROTON, Conn. (July 6, 2016) - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines, boosting strike capacity by 230 percent.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Receives $24 Million U.S. Navy Award for Ohio Replacement Submarine Development

Electric Boat Vice President Ken Perry interviews with defensenews.com about the future of submarines

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General Dynamics Awarded $19 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia Payload Module Development

GROTON, Conn. (July 19, 2016) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines.

This modification brings the cumulative value of the overall Virginia-class Lead Yard Services contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.46 billion.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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Electric Boat employee Liz Bove retires after 58 years with the company

After 58 years, Liz Bove says goodbye to Electric Boat

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U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $116 Million for Virginia Payload Module Development

GROTON, Conn. (July 6, 2016) - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines, boosting strike capacity by 230 percent.

More information on Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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General Dynamics Receives $24 Million U.S. Navy Award for Ohio Replacement Submarine Development

Electric Boat Vice President Ken Perry interviews with defensenews.com about the future of submarines

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General Dynamics Receives $24 Million U.S. Navy Award for Ohio Replacement Submarine Development

GROTON, Conn. (Feb 9, 2016) - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will perform air conditioning unit detail design, prototype unit manufacture and technical manual development.

Initially awarded in December 2012, the five-year $1.85 billion contract calls for Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy's next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. The potential value of the overall contract is $2.5 billion.

For more information about Electric Boat, please visit www.gdeb.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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