GROTON, Conn., 20 May 2005. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $14.7 million contract modification to manufacture and procure long-lead-time material required for the conversion of the USS Georgia (SSBN-729) Trident ballistic-missile submarines to a Trident SSGN, a multi-mission submarine optimized for tactical 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 Trident ballistic-missile submarines to an SSGN configuration. If all options are exercised and funded, the contract will be worth a total of $1.4 billion.
The long-lead-time manufacturing effort includes material acquisition, manufacturing, inspection, test and storage; work will be performed at Quonset Point, R.I. (89 percent); Groton, Conn. (10 percent); and Norfolk, Va. (1 percent). The conversion is scheduled to take place at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia beginning in October 2005.
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