General Dynamics to construct 14th Virginia-class submarine

The US Navy has released $1.2bn (£725m) for the construction of the 14th Virginia-class submarine, SSN-787, to General Dynamics Electric Boat, marking the beginning of the two-submarines-per-year Virginia-class programme.

The release of funding allows procurement of long lead-time components that will support the planned official construction start later this year on the as-yet-unnamed submarine at Electric Boat and its teammate, Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia.