General Dynamics awarded submarine conversion contract

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $34 million contract modification to reconfigure Trident SSBN submarines, optimising them to perform covert strike and special-operations support.

The US Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $34 million contract modification to plan and facilitate the conversion of Trident SSBN submarines to Trident SSGNs, multimission submarines optimised for covert strike and special-operations support.

This award modifies a five-year, $443 million contract announced in September 2002 for design and related support work to convert the first four Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines to an SSGN configuration. If all options are exercised and funded, the contract will be worth a total of $654 million.

Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will establish onsite teams to facilitate the conversion of USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington and USS Florida (SSBN-728) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia.

Working with both naval shipyards, Electric Boat will plan and co-ordinate the conversion work, develop and manage related work packages, and provide material control.

Work will be performed at Groton, Connecticut; Norfolk, Virginia; Puget Sound, Washington and Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Completion of this aspect of the conversion work is expected by April 2004.

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