2006 - Press Release Archives

Electric Boat Delivers Submarine Hawaii To U.S. Navy Ahead of Schedule
(December 22, 2006)

Submarine Hawaii Completes First Voyage
(December 2, 2006)

Electric Boat Awarded $16 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies
(November 15, 2006)

Electric Boat to Support Development of High-Speed Underwater Transport Craft
(November 9, 2006)

Electric Boat Awarded $59 Million Contract for Submarine Work
(October 27, 2006)

U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $19 Million Contract For Submarine Planning Services
(October 12, 2006)

Nuclear Attack Submarine Hawaii Successfully Demonstrates Torpedo-firing Capability
(October 5, 2006)

Electric Boat Awarded $14 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Work
(August 31, 2006)

Electric Boat Begins Renovation of Graving Docks
(August 15, 2006)

Connecticut to provide $20 million in funding For graving dock renovations
(July 6, 2006)

EB Wins $20M DARPA Contract to Continue Shaftless Propulsion Development for Subs
(July 5, 2006)

Electric Boat Awarded $13.4 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Work
(June 26, 2006)

Hawaii christened at Electric Boat
(June 17, 2006)

U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $30.7M Contract Modification for Virginia-class submarine work
(June 8, 2006)

USS Florida Returns to the Fleet
(May 25, 2006)

U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $29 Million Contract For Submarine Maintenance and Modernization Work
(May 16, 2006)

Electric Boat completes major module move
(March 16, 2006)

EB awarded $9M for submarine support work
(Jan. 31, 2006)

EB awarded $1.35B contract modification for Virginia-class submarine procurement
(Jan. 30, 2006)

Electric Boat lays off 222 employees
(Jan. 30, 2006)

EB completes conversion of USS Ohio, first of four transformational subs for the U.S. Navy
(Jan. 9, 2006)

Earned Hours goal is reached; employees will receive checks
(Jan. 4, 2006)

EB awarded $13.9M Navy contract for nuclear submarine work
(Jan. 3, 2006)

Electric Boat Delivers Submarine Hawaii To U.S. Navy Ahead of Schedule

GROTON, Conn. (Dec. 22, 2006) - Electric Boat today delivered the Hawaii (SSN-776), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule.

At a brief shipyard ceremony, Electric Boat President John Casey said Hawaii's early delivery has important implications for the future of the Virginia-class program.

"We are improving our cost performance in this program significantly. Hawaii has been built for about 2 million hours less than Virginia, the last submarine of this class delivered from this shipyard," he said. "The more efficiently we produce submarines such as Hawaii, the better we can support the Navy's goal of building two ships per year. Attaining that objective will benefit our company, our employees and the Navy, and help ensure our nation's undersea superiority."

Hawaii is the third ship of the Virginia Class, the Navy's first major class of combatant ships designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. Approved nearly four years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Virginia-class submarines embody warfighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean.

"Like its sister ships, Hawaii has been designed specifically to incorporate emergent technologies that will provide new capabilities to meet new threats," Casey said. "This enables Virginia-class submarines to make unique and significant contributions to national security well into the decades ahead," he said.

Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News have received contracts to build the first 10 submarines of a planned 30-ship Virginia Class under a teaming agreement that splits the construction workload between the two shipyards.

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Submarine Hawaii Completes First Voyage

GROTON, Conn. ( Dec. 2, 2006) - Hawaii (SSN-776), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, returned to the Electric Boat shipyard here today following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called "alpha sea trials." Hawaii is the third ship of the most capable class of attack submarines ever built; it will be delivered to the U.S. Navy by the end of the year. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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

Virginia-class submarines have been designed from the ground up to operate as a key element of a fully networked naval force. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, Virginia-class ships are uniquely equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare in the farthest reaches of the globe, providing the U.S. Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean. These submarines will transit submerged at high speeds, undetected, independent of sea state or logistic support and arrive on station ready for action.

"Designed specifically to incorporate emergent technologies that will provide new capabilities to meet new threats, Virginia-class submarines will make a unique and significant contribution to our nation's security, and will be increasingly important in the decades ahead," said Electric Boat President John Casey.

Virginia-class missions include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, ensuring that U.S. commanders understand the scope and capability of an enemy's forces. Submarines of the class also will be able to engage enemy submarines, surface ships and critical targets ashore, both through precision strike and the covert insertion of special operations forces. With their stealth and unlimited endurance, they will be flexible assets for Joint Force Commanders, able to maneuver with impunity, even in the most contested forward areas.

Virginia-class submarines are the Navy's first major combatant ships designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. Approved nearly four years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hawaii embodies warfighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean.

Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News have received contracts to build the first 10 submarines of a planned 30-ship Virginia class under a teaming agreement that splits the construction workload between the two shipyards.

Participating in the sea trials were U.S. Navy Admiral Kirkland Donald, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion; Rear Admiral Cecil Haney, commander, Submarine Group Two; and Rear Admiral William Hilarides, program executive officer (Submarines). Also participating in the sea trials were Capt. Christopher Pietras, the Navy's supervisor of shipbuilding in Groton; John Casey, president of Electric Boat; and Christopher J. Miner, director of test engineering for Northrop Grumman Newport News. Hawaii is commanded by Cdr. David Solms.

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Electric Boat Awarded $59 Million Contract for Submarine Work

GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 15, 2006) - Electric Boat has been awarded a $15.6 million U.S. Navy contract to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms.

Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform Concept Formulation (CONFORM) studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. Electric Boat also will conduct research and development work in additional areas including manning, hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety.

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Electric Boat to Support Development of High-Speed Underwater Transport Craft

GROTON, Conn. (Nov. 9, 2006) - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $5.7 million contract to support development of the Underwater Express, an undersea transport capable of controllable speeds up to 100 knots through supercavitation.

This Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded effort will help determine the feasibility of supercavitation technology to enable a new class of high-speed underwater craft for future littoral missions that could involve the transport of high-value cargo and/or small units of personnel. Supercavitation involves surrounding an object with a bubble that allows it to travel at high speed. This contract contains two options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value of this contract to $37.1 million.

The Underwater Express Program will demonstrate stable and controllable high-speed underwater transport through supercavitation. The program will investigate and resolve critical technological issues associated with the physics of supercavitation and will culminate in a credible demonstration at a significant scale to prove that a supercavitating underwater craft is controllable at speeds up to 100 knots.

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Electric Boat Awarded $59 Million Contract for Submarine Work

GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 27, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $58.7 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine modernization and maintenance work.

Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide drawings and related data; planning; scheduling; and technical support required to complete engineered overhauls and extended refit periods for operational submarines. Initially awarded in March 2004, the contract could be worth more than $1.1 billion over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

Fifty-nine percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 19 percent at Bangor, Wash.; 16 percent at Kings Bay, Ga.; five percent at Newport, R.I., and one percent at Quonset Point, R.I. Work performed under this modification is expected to be completed by September 2007.

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U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $19 Million Contract For Submarine Planning Services

GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat an $18.7 million contract to perform reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support yard services for moored training ships.

Work will be performed in Groton, Conn. (95 percent) and Charleston, S.C. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2007.

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Electric Boat Awarded $59 Million Contract for Submarine Work

GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 27, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $58.7 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine modernization and maintenance work.

Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide drawings and related data; planning; scheduling; and technical support required to complete engineered overhauls and extended refit periods for operational submarines. Initially awarded in March 2004, the contract could be worth more than $1.1 billion over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

Fifty-nine percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 19 percent at Bangor, Wash.; 16 percent at Kings Bay, Ga.; five percent at Newport, R.I., and one percent at Quonset Point, R.I. Work performed under this modification is expected to be completed by September 2007.

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U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $19 Million Contract For Submarine Planning Services

GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat an $18.7 million contract to perform reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support yard services for moored training ships.

Work will be performed in Groton, Conn. (95 percent) and Charleston, S.C. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2007.

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Nuclear Attack Submarine Hawaii Successfully Demonstrates Torpedo-firing Capability

GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 5, 2006) - In a critical step toward its delivery to the U.S. Navy, the nuclear submarine Hawaii (SSN-776) has successfully fired a series of dummy torpedoes into the Thames River from the Electric Boat shipyard here

The test occurred Friday and Saturday when Electric Boat employees and members of the ship's crew launched three "shapes" or dummy torpedoes from each of Hawaii's four tubes. After traveling 80 to 100 feet into the river, the shapes rose to the surface, where they were recovered. The test firing certifies the submarine's torpedo-launch and fire-control systems. "The successful completion of this key event was the result of a team effort involving Electric Boat trades personnel, testers and engineers as well as various contractors," said Chief Test Engineer Bruce Laney.

Hawaii is the third ship of the Virginia Class and is scheduled for delivery to the Navy by the end of the year. Electric Boat and its construction teammate, Northrop Grumman Newport News, have already delivered USS Virginia (SSN-774) and USS Texas (SSN-775). Seven more Virginia-class submarines are under contract.

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Electric Boat Awarded $14 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Work

GROTON, Conn. (Aug. 31, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $13.7 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work.

Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat will also conduct design and installation activities for shore-support facilities. Initially awarded in March 2004, the contract could be worth more than $1.1 billion over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

Ninety-four percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 3 percent at Bangor, Wash.; and 3 percent at Kings Bay, Ga. Work performed under this modification is expected to be completed by August 2007.

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Electric Boat Begins Renovation of Graving Docks

GROTON (August 15, 2006) - Electric Boat today began the renovation of graving docks 1 and 2 at its shipyard, which will enable the company to build upon its submarine-repair capabilities and help retain its workforce in Connecticut. The two-year project will cost $65 million. The docks are used for new submarine construction as well as submarine maintenance and modernization work.

"This project will solidify the company's standing as a full-service shipyard for years to come, extending the life of the graving docks by more than 50 years and reducing the costs associated with their operation," said John Casey, Electric Boat president.

"The scope of the work involved is enormous," said Jeffrey Shafer, engineering manager at Electric Boat, who is overseeing the project. "To complete the renovations, we will pour 32,000 cubic yards of concrete and use 7 million pounds of rebar, steel bars used to reinforce concrete. Additionally, 210 rock anchors and 266 tie rods will be installed in the docks to help secure 1,345 linear feet of sheet steel that will be used to build new retaining walls around the docks.

A key element in the renovation project is the participation of the state of Connecticut, which is providing about $20 million in assistance. This includes about $10 million in loans from the Department of Economic and Community Development, up to $4 million in a sales- and use-tax exemption from the Connecticut Development Authority and about $6 million in enterprise-zone benefits.

The U.S. Navy is supporting the project through a pending contract, which will reserve space in the reconstructed docks to perform repair work on submarines home ported at the Groton naval base.

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Connecticut to provide $20 million in funding For graving dock renovations

GROTON (July 6, 2006) - Gov. M. Jodi Rell Thursday said the State of Connecticut will provide Electric Boat with about $20 million to help renovate graving docks 1 and 2 in Groton. The two-year, $65 million project will help retain the company's workforce in Connecticut.

"The state's $20 million investment will support one of the state's largest employers in its efforts to upgrade and modernize its operations, as well as help to protect the Naval Submarine Base in Groton from future rounds of base closure," Rell said. "It is an investment that will provide a strong foundation for Electric Boat and provide the capacity it is going to need to grow as the submarine force begins to rebuild for the 21st century.

"I am very proud of the fact that we were successful in saving the sub base last year, which saved 31,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in state economic benefits annually. It is clear, however, that more needs to be done. This commitment of state funding is another indication of how the public and private sectors are working together to ensure that we keep the base off the closure list and protect and strengthen a key economic sector in southeastern Connecticut."

The state's assistance includes about $10 million in loans from the Department of Economic and Community Development, up to $4 million in a sales- and use-tax exemption from the Connecticut Development Authority (subject to board approval) and an estimated $6 million in enterprise zone benefits.

The Navy has also backed the project, by announcing its intention to award EB with a contract to reserve space in the reconstructed graving docks to perform maintenance and modernization on submarines home ported at the Groton sub base.

"Rebuilding the two graving docks will provide a solid foundation for Electric Boat to remain a full-service shipyard for decades to come," said President John P. Casey. "This project will extend the life of the graving docks by more than 50 years, while reducing the company's maintenance costs associated with the existing graving docks.

The dry docks are used for new submarine construction as well as overhaul and repair work. Their reconstruction will augment recent EB investments in its waterfront. These include a new crane, a materials-processing building, the COATS facility and a new electrical distribution system.

"The upgrade and maintenance to graving dry-docks 1 and 2 demonstrate both the company's and Connecticut's dedication to fully support the U.S. Navy and its submarine force," said Rear Adm. William Timme, deputy commander of Naval Sea Systems Command for Undersea Warfare. "Being able to dry-dock submarines near their homeport provides our force with the important ability to conduct emergent, short-term, repair work in a responsive manner - increasing deployment flexibility while minimizing operational days lost. Furthermore, this capability enhances our sailors' quality of life by maximizing time with their families."

U.S Rep. Rob Simmons (R-2nd District) said, "This funding to improve Electric Boat's dry dock facilities will make Groton more valuable both as a submarine homeport and a maintenance shipyard for the Navy. The submarine basing, design, construction and maintenance capabilities at Groton constitute a center of excellence that Congress and the Navy leadership must build upon, not unravel."

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EB Wins $20M DARPA Contract to Continue Shaftless Propulsion Development for Subs

GROTON (July 5, 2006) - Electric Boat has won a $20 million, 18-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue development of shaftless propulsion technology for submarines.

Electric Boat was one of two teams that participated in the first phase of the DARPA Tango Bravo program, to develop concepts for a submarine propulsion system that would not require a propulsion shaft that penetrates the hull. After reviewing both teams' proposals, DARPA selected Electric Boat to build and test a series of small- and large-scale technology demonstrators to validate the performance predicted for its design.

The designation Tango Bravo refers to the term "technology barrier." This program is examining certain technologies to determine whether they can meet stringent submarine performance requirements while reducing ship-acquisition and life-cycle costs and improving the warfighting capabilities and mission adaptability of future submarines.

Electric Boat has won two other technology demonstration contracts under the program - one to develop externally mounted submarine weapons, and the other to radically reduce ship infrastructure.

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Electric Boat Awarded $13.4 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Work

GROTON (June 26, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $13.4 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work.

Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat will also provide planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance activities. Initially awarded in March 2004, the contract could be worth more than $1.1 billion over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

Ninety-one percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 5 percent at Newport, R.I.; and 4 percent at Quonset Point, R.I. Work performed under this modification is expected to be completed by June 2008.

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Hawaii christened at Electric Boat
(June 17, 2006)

With the swing of a champagne bottle, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle christened the submarine that will bear her state's name during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat on June 17.

The mood in the shipyard was not dampened at all by a few drops of rain that fell during the celebration of the naming of the ship. In fact, the governor noted that by Hawaiian tradition, the weather was a good sign.

"In our home state, when it rains on a day like this, we consider it a blessing," she said. "The rain signifies a blessing upon all of you who have worked on this submarine."

The blessing of the ship was particularly unique, when retired Hawaiian National Guard Master Sergeant Raymond Ganotise performed a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, with his flowing white robes and Hawaiian-language prayers.

EB President John P. Casey told the thousands of shipyard workers gathered for the event that they have every right to feel proud in their accomplishment.

"This ship embodies the skill and craft of thousands of industry and shipyard workers, and it directly reflects the nation's commitment to a strong national defense," Casey said. "We have achieved world-class standards as validated by a recent Department of Defense international study on shipyards."

Casey also recognized the contributions of Northrop Grumman Newport News, which has teamed with EB to build the Virginia class of submarines. Newport News President Mike Petters noted that the two yards have put aside a long rivalry to build the most advanced submarine ever produced.

"The Hawaii is yet another testament, in fact the third, to this shared vision," Petters said. "We share a dedication to our craft." The keynote speaker, Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, observed that the shipyard is located within a short distance of the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution.

"Our nation was born in war. It was born to the sound of muskets and the sound of cannons, and many gave their lives to bring this about," said Inouye, who won the Medal of Honor for his heroics in World War II. He thanked the Hawaii crew and all who continue the tradition of donning their country's uniform and putting themselves in harm's way. "We are most grateful to all of them. That is why we have songs and prose that speak of a land of free and brave people."

Navy Secretary Donald Winter said the christening, "serves to remind us that the future security environment is characterized by uncertainty. The geographic location of future challenges is uncertain, the nature of the threat is uncertain, the makeup of the coalition of nations that will gather together to confront this challenge is uncertain as well.

"To cope with this uncertain future, we need to build warfighting platforms with great versatility, and the ability to operate across the entire spectrum of conflict," Winter continued. "In the submarine Hawaii, we have a magnificent example of the kind of asset we need to hedge against future uncertainty."

Adm. Gary Roughead, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, noted that U.S. submarines have been stationed on Hawaii for more than 90 years, and today their presence is needed more than ever.

"I'm not a submariner, but I tell you that submarines are the most important tool that I have, and anti-submarine warfare is my number one warfighting priority," Roughead said.

Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, offered his congratulations to the shipbuilders for what he characterized as "a remarkable construction period for this ship."

"Through your perseverance, skill and ingenuity you're setting records of performance in cost and schedule, and we sorely need your best, as we strive to meet the shipbuilding needs of this nation," Donald said. "As I toured the boat yesterday afternoon, I liked what I saw. I saw men and women, shipbuilders and crew, with a twinkle in their eye and a bounce in their step, ready to send this ship to sea."

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., said it's fitting that the latest Virginia should be named for the nation's newest state.

"This ship honors the rich tradition of a great seafaring people, and reflects the strategic role of our nation's 50th state, as a key submarine station in the Pacific," Dodd said. "But that is not all. It reflects the patriotic commitment Hawaiians have demonstrated to America's submarine force."

Also speaking at the ceremony were U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd Conn., and Vice Adm. Chuck Munns, Commander of Naval Submarine Forces.

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U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $30.7M Contract Modification for Virginia-class submarine work

GROTON (June 8, 2006) - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $30.7 million contract modification to provide research and development studies for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Under the modification, Electric Boat will perform research and development studies to evaluate new technologies for insertion in Virginia-class ships. Ninety-four percent of the work will be done at Groton; 5 percent at Quonset Point, R.I.; and 1 percent at Newport, R.I.

Initially awarded in October 2005, the contract will be worth a total of $154 million when it is completed in June 2007.

Electric Boat delivered the first submarine of the class, USS Virginia (SSN-774), to the Navy in October 2004. With its construction partner Northrop Grumman, the company has contracts to build another nine Virginia-class ships. The third ship of the class, Hawaii (SSN-776) will be christened at Electric Boat June 17.

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USS Florida Returns to the Fleet

MAYPORT, Fla. (May 25, 2006) - The transformation of USS Florida from a fleet ballistic missile submarine to the Navy's second SSGN was marked by a Return to Service ceremony at the naval base here.

"Florida now joins her sister ship USS Ohio (SSGN-726) in the fleet," said Rear Adm. William Hilarides, program executive officer for submarines. " This is an important accomplishment for the Navy. In three and one-half months, we have delivered two powerful and transformational platforms to the fleet.

"We are on time largely due to great teamwork between General Dynamics Electric Boat and the public shipyards, Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard," Hilarides said.

EB President John Casey also spoke at the ceremony: "Responding to the Navy's requirements and challenges, we worked our way from a PowerPoint slide to finished product in just 39 months, transforming what was the ultimate Cold War weapon to a platform uniquely configured for warfare in the 21st century

"And we did it all in an efficient and cost-effective manner. To cite just one example, we have cut the cost per drawing on this ship by 50 percent, compared with Virginia Class drawings," he said.

With two of the four SSGN conversions completed, said Casey, Electric Boat is prepared to support these ships throughout the rest of their working lives.

"Looking forward, if a future Nuclear Posture Review recommends further reductions to our strategic submarine fleet, Electric Boat has the track record needed to apply enhanced transformational capabilities to additional Tridents if called for.

"Electric Boat's performance on the SSGN conversion program demonstrates clearly that the company and its work force are national assets that must be sustained for our country's security. The critical skills we have developed to support the Navy in its own efforts to maintain maritime superiority must be preserved."

Casey recognized the efforts of the individuals and organizations responsible for the successful conversion, including Electric Boat employees, the supplier base, and the personnel of Norfolk Naval Shipyard under the command of Rear Admiral Select Joseph Campbell.

Instead of 24 Trident ballistic missiles, Florida and the other three sister SSGNs, USS Ohio, USS Michigan (SSGN-727), and USS Georgia (SSGN-729), will carry up to 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, and up to 66 Special Operations Forces for extended periods of time.

Following USS Florida and USS Ohio, the USS Michigan and USS Georgia are on schedule to re-enter the fleet in December 2006, and September 2007, respectively.

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U.S. Navy Awards Electric Boat $29 Million Contract For Submarine Maintenance and Modernization Work

GROTON (May 16, 2006) - The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $29.3 million contract to perform routine maintenance and modernization work on the USS Miami (SSN-755), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.

Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a Dry Dock Selected Restricted Availability, which consists of repairs, maintenance work, alterations and several major systems upgrades. The work will take place at the Navy Submarine Base in Groton between July 17 and Sept. 30, and involve more than 500 current employees at its peak.

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Electric Boat completes major module move
(March 16, 2006)

Electric Boat achieved a significant accomplishment today when employees at the company's Quonset Point, R.I., facility completed the move of the submarine North Carolina's Section 2B-5 in a single 1,476-ton unit.

"Today's move represents an important step in our continuing effort to advance the state of submarine manufacturing," said Electric Boat President John Casey, who was present for the move. "For the first time, our new heavy-lift system was put to use, giving us the capability to move 2,000 tons. Our riggers and transportation experts employed the system flawlessly." He also praised the contributions of the employees engaged in the construction and outfitting of the unit, which will be shipped to Northrop Grumman Newport News in Newport News, Va.

Additionally, said Casey, Section 2B-5 of the North Carolina (SSN777) was the first unit to enter the company's new Coating Facility. In this nearly 15,000-square-foot facility, the unit will undergo newly developed blast, paint and coating procedures. By performing much of this work well in advance of the ship's post-shakedown-availability period, Electric Boat and the Navy will save thousands of labor hours, he said.

"With this major move, new heavy-lift capability and a new Coating Facility, it's been an outstanding day for the company and its employees," Casey said. "Our pursuit of innovative ideas and new technologies will enable us to maintain our position as the finest submarine builder in the world."

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EB awarded $9M for submarine support work
(Jan. 31, 2006)

The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $9 million modification to an existing contract for submarine modernization and related work at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn.

Initially awarded in October 2001, the overall contract could be worth $142 million over five years if all options are exercised and funded.

Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will continue to perform non-nuclear submarine modernization and repair services at the Naval Submarine Support Facility at the base. These services include intermediate overhaul, repair and modernization activities in support of submarines and the Shippingport floating drydock, as well as support and service craft.

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EB awarded $1.35B contract modification for Virginia-class submarine procurement
(Jan. 30, 2006)

The U.S. Navy today awarded Electric Boat a $1.35 billion contract modification that provides funding for the construction of the eighth Virginia-class submarine and advance procurement for the ninth and 10th ships of the class.

The award modifies an August 2003 contract for the construction of six Virginia-class submarines at a rate of one per year from FY 03 through FY 08; the total value of the contract is $8.4 billion. Altogether, Electric Boat and its construction teammate, Northrop Grumman Newport News, have received contracts to build 10 ships of the class. The lead ship, USS Virginia (SSN774), was delivered to the Navy in October 2004.

Today's contract modification has been factored into the company's workload projections since the initial contract was announced in 2003. It is not unplanned work. For that reason, it will not affect the number of layoffs the company will make over the next two years.

The contract modification provides $1.1 billion for construction of SSN781, $208 million in advance procurement for SSN782 and $40 million for SSN783.

Fifteen percent of the work will be performed at Electric Boat's Groton, Conn., shipyard; 15 percent at its Quonset Point, R.I., facility; 30 percent at Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia; and 40 percent at various sites throughout the United States. Work under the overall contract is scheduled for completion in 2014 when SSN783 is delivered.

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Electric Boat lays off 222 employees
(Jan. 30, 2006)

Electric Boat today distributed layoff notices to 222 employees in response to a reduced workload.

Most of the layoffs will occur at the Groton shipyard; specifically, 169 MDA-UAW members, 17 MTC members and 36 salaried employees received notices.

"These reductions are part of a previously announced plan to significantly reduce our workforce by the end of 2007," said Electric Boat President John Casey. "They're affecting people whose dedication has helped us achieve our recent successes in the Virginia program, on the USS Jimmy Carter and on the SSGN conversions, and they're painful for everyone involved."

"But this action is absolutely necessary for the future of this company; we have to align the size of our workforce with the level of our workload," he said. EB currently employs about 11,500 people.

The laid-off employees will receive a 60-day notification period before their jobs actually end March 31. During this period, the employees will have access to Career Transition Center services at the Workforce Investment Board in New London, as well as peer counseling provided by representatives from the MDA-UAW, MTC and staffing specialists from the human resources organization.

This action is required irrespective of almost $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2006 funding the company expects to receive before the end of the month from the Navy, under the schedule included in the contract for the Virginia-class ship multi-year procurement program that began in 2004. That work was anticipated and was taken into account in determining the number of layoffs announced today.

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EB completes conversion of USS Ohio, first of four transformational subs for the U.S. Navy
(Jan. 9, 2006)

Electric Boat has completed its conversion of USS Ohio (SSGN726), the first of four Ohio-class submarines to be reconfigured as multi-mission vessels optimized for covert tactical strike and special operations support.

Ohio's conversion, undertaken in conjunction with the ship's midlife refueling at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., provides the Navy with its first truly transformational platform. Ohio will be joined by three additional Tridents undergoing conversion to SSGNs - USS Michigan at Puget Sound, and USS Florida and USS Georgia at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. The conversions are being performed under a $1.4 billion contract awarded to Electric Boat in 2002; work is scheduled for completion in 2007.

Each SSGN will carry up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles and support up to 66 Special Operations Forces for an extended time. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Pittsfield, Mass., is the system integrator for the missile-control system. SSGNs will also serve as platforms to develop and test new weapons systems, sensors and operational concepts that could further transform naval warfare. These payloads will include large unmanned undersea vehicles and off-board sensors.

"The on-time conversion of USS Ohio from a strategic-missile submarine to a guided-missile and special warfare platform is a tribute to the collective efforts of the men and women of Electric Boat, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Navy's Strategic Systems Program and the Naval Sea Systems Command SSGN program office," said EB President John Casey. "Their contributions have provided the Navy with a powerful warship that embodies unparalleled capabilities as well as the opportunity to integrate new technologies and payloads in the future."

Casey noted that the conversion - comprising design, manufacturing, installation and at-sea testing - was completed only three years after the Navy decided to move forward with the program. "That's a remarkable achievement," he said.

Referring to the overall SSGN conversion program, Casey said, "Work on USS Florida is proceeding smartly - in fact, its sea trial is on track to follow the lead-ship trial by only three months. This will enable us to provide the U.S. Navy with a second transformational platform over a shorter-than-normal timeframe, and at a conversion cost still lower than the lead ship's."

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Earned Hours goal is reached; employees will receive checks
(Jan. 4, 2006)

Electric Boat employees will receive $500 incentive checks (minus applicable withholdings) next week after the company attained its Earned Hours goal for 2005.

"The company's financial performance last year reflected the effort and dedication of our employees," said President John Casey. "Through the Earned Hours program, Electric Boat employees again will receive a tangible reward for their hard work and commitment to our customer and product."

The Earned Hours program was initiated in 2000 to give employees a financial stake in the company's overall performance.

During the 2005 Earned Hours program, the base goal of 19 million hours - worth $500 - was attained. A stretch goal of 19.5 million hours was not reached.

"Last year was a challenging period for everyone at Electric Boat," Casey said, "and 2006 will be even more so. But with everyone's contribution to the overall effort, we closed 2005 on a positive note. I deeply appreciate everything our employees have done to keep the company successful."

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EB awarded $13.9M Navy contract for nuclear submarine work
(Jan. 3, 2006)

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $13.9 million contract to Electric Boat for management and support of nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn.

Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at the submarine base through September 2006. The company will provide project management, planning, training and radiological-control services to support maintenance, modernization and repairs. A core group of 22 Electric Boat employees is assigned to the NRMD, with surge groups of up to 110 shipyard employees assigned for short periods.

If all options are exercised and funded, the contract could be worth $61.8 million over three years.

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