General Dynamics Corp.’s business division, Electric Boat, has clinched a modification contract to procure onboard repair parts for Virginia Class Submarines Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New Jersey (SSN 796) and PCU Iowa (SSN 797). Work related to SSN 796 is scheduled to be over by February 2021, while that for SSN 797 is expected to be completed by August 2021.
Details of the Deal
Valued at $36.5 million, the contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC. The deal includes option for Block IV mechanical and electronic repair parts, which will be stored on the ship while at sea.
Electric boat will utilize fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) fund to finance the task, which will be carried out in Groton, CT.
A Brief Note on Virginia-Class Submarine
The Virginia-class submarine program is a class of nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines (SSNs) serving the U.S. Navy. These submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions, jointly constructed by General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls Industries HII.
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations as well as mine warfare are also carried out by these fast-attack submarines. Notably, these vessels are one of the three classes of attack submarines used by the U.S. Navy. The other two are the Los Angeles class and the Seawolf class. Valued around $2.7 billion each, these three submarines will be operational until 2070.