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General Dynamics delivers submarine early

May 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

GROTON, Conn., May 3 (UPI) -- An attack submarine has been delivered to the U.S. Navy a year ahead of schedule and $60 million below projected cost by General Dynamics Electric Boat.

The Mississippi (SSN-782) is the ninth Virginia class submarine. It will be commissioned in ceremonies next month.

"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," John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat said.

"These are remarkable achievements that demonstrate the skill and commitment of everyone involved in the Virginia class submarine program. 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 teaming agreement.

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