US Navy awards Electric Boat $7m contract for dry dock repairs at New London

USS Shippingport (ARDM-4) is a medium auxiliary repair dry dock built a Beth Steel, Baltimore and commissioned into US Navy service in 1979.

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $7,103,796 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4301) to provide ship’s force duties; protection and operation; and organizational-level repairs and preservation of floating dry dock ARDM-4 at the Naval Submarine Support Facility, Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn. Work will be performed in New London, Conn., and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $7,103,796 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Source: Department of Defense Contracts for November 07, 2013

US Navy names first 2 attack submarines to have female crew

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Navy Names First Two Attack Boats to Have Female Crew

Lt. Thomas Belchik trains Midshipman 1st Class Elizabeth Byers in 2009. US Navy Photo.

Submarines USS Virginia (SSN-774) and USS Minnesota (SSN-783) will be the first nuclear attack boats (SSNs) to field female crewmembers, the U.S. Navy said in a Tuesday statement.

A total of six female sailors — four nuclear trained officers and two supply officers — will report to Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. no latter than January 2015, according to the statement.

“My plan is to begin by integrating four Virginia-class attack submarines, with the second set of two units being integrated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016,” Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces, said in the statement.

“I intend to select two Pacific Fleet submarines, homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii early next year.”

Each ship will receive two nuclear qualified officers and a supply officer — to serve as a mentor— as a first step of integrating the attack boats.

USS Virginia (SSN-774) in 2010.

“The female officers will be assigned to the Virginia-class submarines for duty after completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, which consists of nuclear power school, prototype training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course,” according to the service.

Since the Navy got rid of the prohibition of women on submarines, the Navy has integrated seven Ohio-class nuclear guided missile (SSGN) and nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBN):

USS Florida (SSGN-728); USS Georgia (SSGN-729); USS Wyoming (SSBN-742); USS Ohio (SSGN-726); USS Louisiana (SSBN-743); USS Maine (SSBN-741),

The Navy began with the larger Ohios since there was more room and flexibility to provide the material accommodation to allow women to serve on submarines. Virginias have more room than the older Los Angeles-class (SSN-688) attack boats to provide berthing to female sailors.

“Female officers serving aboard Virginia-class submarines is the next natural step to more fully integrate women into the submarine force,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement.

The Navy has not released a timeline on which platforms or when female enlisted will enter the submarine service.

Since the service rescinded the no-women-on-subs policy in 2010, it has brought 43 women aboard submarines.