1999 - Press Release Archives

Electric Boat is awarded $887M for SSN23 modification
(Dec. 13, 1999)

EB is awarded work worth more than $200M
(June 2, 1999)

Third Seawolf to be modified for special warfare
(Feb. 11, 1999)

Electric Boat is awarded $887M for SSN23 modification
Dec. 13, 1999

Electric Boat has signed a contract modification with the Navy to modify Jimmy Carter (SSN23), the third and final Seawolf-class submarine. This modification - valued at about $887 million - will accommodate advanced technology for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine warfare operations.

Defense Department studies have reported a need for the Navy to develop submarines with "improved payload capabilities and a flexible interface with the undersea environment, without sacrificing Seawolf-class warfighting capability." According to the Navy, this modification will accomplish those goals.

The modification will require alterations to the basic Seawolf design in the areas of ballast control, mission-management spaces, and various services. A unique feature of the modification is the creation of a flexible ocean interface, referred to as the "wasp waist," that will enable the Navy to deploy and recover various payloads without having to use torpedo tubes.

The contract modification changes the submarine's delivery date from December 2001 to June 2004.

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EB is awarded work worth more than $200M
June 2, 1999

The Navy has awarded Electric Boat engineering and life-cycle support work worth nearly $215 million.

The larger of the two awards – $197 million – will provide for design, engineering, material and logistics support for the Trident program, the Trident UK program, the two operational Seawolf submarines, NR-1 and efforts supporting SSN688 ships.  It also supports work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to backfit older Tridents to accommodate D-5 missiles and D-5 pre-ERP work at Kings Bay, Ga.

Sixty percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 11 percent at Kings Bay; 11 percent at the Newport Engineering Office and Quonset Point; 13 percent at Bangor; and 5 percent at the Washington Engineering Office.

The second award is a $17.5 million modification to an existing contract.  This work involves engineering technical services to support testing, ship installation and sea trials of the prototype ship-service turbine generator set and the prototype main propulsion unit for Virginia (SSN774).

"These contracts represent a significant level of work for Electric Boat employees," said EB President John Welch.  "They also reflect the company's continuing commitment to retain and build upon its core competencies – in these cases, in engineering and life-cycle support."

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Third Seawolf to be modified for special warfare
Feb. 11, 1999

Electric Boat will modify the third and final Seawolf-class submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN23), to accommodate advanced technology for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine warfare operations.

According to the Navy, the modification will support the Defense Science Board's recommendation for "improved payload capabilities and flexible interface with the undersea environment, without sacrificing Seawolf-class warfighting capability."

Although details of the project are classified, the Navy said the modification will require alterations to the basic Seawolf design in the areas of ballast control, mission-management spaces and various services.

The modification will affect the submarine's delivery date, which has been adjusted from 2001 to 2003.

Because contract negotiations have not been completed, final cost figures for the modification have not been determined.

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