General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Mississippi to U.S. Navy 363 Days Ahead of Schedule

GROTON, Conn. – Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Elec­tric Boat today deliv­ered the nuclear-pow­ered attack sub­ma­rine Mis­sis­sip­pi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of con­tract sched­ule and more than $60 mil­lion below tar­get cost. Elec­tric Boat is a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE:GD).

John Hol­man­der, vice pres­i­dent and Vir­ginia pro­gram man­ag­er for Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Elec­tric Boat, not­ed that Mis­sis­sip­pi was at the most com­bat-ready state of any Vir­ginia-class sub­ma­rine at deliv­ery. He cred­it­ed the Navy, the ship­builders and the sup­pli­er base for achiev­ing sig­nif­i­cant ship­build­ing bench­marks with the deliv­ery of Mis­sis­sip­pi.

Mis­sis­sip­pi is the ninth ship of the Vir­ginia Class, the most advanced sub­marines in the world. These ships are pro­vid­ing the Navy with the capa­bil­i­ties it requires to retain its under­sea dom­i­nance well into the 21st cen­tu­ry. Mis­sis­sip­pi will join the fleet in a com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mo­ny June 2 in Pascagoula, Miss.

“When com­pared with the lead ship of the Vir­ginia Class, we have reduced our con­struc­tion span time by two years, and imple­ment­ed improve­ments that reduced con­struc­tion labor hours by 30 per­cent,” Hol­man­der said.

“These are remark­able achieve­ments that demon­strate the skill and com­mit­ment of every­one involved in the Vir­ginia-class sub­ma­rine pro­gram,” he said. “This kind of per­for­mance is the best way to help the Navy attain its ship­build­ing goals and ensure our con­tin­u­ing suc­cess as a busi­ness.”

Elec­tric Boat and its major sub­con­trac­tor, New­port News Ship­build­ing, have received con­tracts to build the first 18 sub­marines of a planned 30-ship Vir­ginia Class under a unique team­ing agree­ment.

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