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Va. Shipbuilder Opening New Submarine Facility

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 2:41am
The Associated Press

Newport News Shipbuilding is opening a new facility to accommodate the building of Virginia-class submarines.

Officials on Friday are scheduled to hold the grand opening of the Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility.

The shipbuilder says it made a $100 million investment to help meet the submarine program's two-submarines-per-year build plan.

Newport News Shipbuilding is producing the submarines as part of a team with General Dynamics Electric Boat as part of the Navy's plans to add to its nuclear-powered submarine fleet. The team has delivered the first nine boats of the class.

The attack submarines use advanced technologies to increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth. The 377-feet long submarines are capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time.

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