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12 mars 2014 3 12 /03 /mars /2014 13:20
US Navy Awards GD $57 M for USS Minnesota Maintenance and Modernization



Mar 11, 2014 ASDNews Source : General Dynamics Corporation


The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $57.2 million contract to prepare and perform maintenance work on the USS Minnesota (SSN-783), a Virginia-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a post-shakedown availability on the Minnesota, which consists of maintenance work, repairs, alternations and testing to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity. The work will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and involve up to 600 employees at its peak. The work is scheduled for completion in February 2015.

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16 octobre 2013 3 16 /10 /octobre /2013 12:20
USS Minnesota (SSN_783)

USS Minnesota (SSN_783)

16 octobre 2013, Portail des Sous-Marins


Les sous-marins nucléaires d’attaque USS Virginia et USS Minnesota ont été choisis pour être les 2 premiers sous-marins de la classe Virginia sur lesquels des femmes officiers seront embarquées, annonce l’US Navy.


Au total, 6 officiers féminins, 2 commissaires et 4 formées à la conduite du réacteur, embarqueront à bord de ces sous-marins au plus tard en janvier 2015. Les s2 sous-marins sont basés à Groton (Connecticut).


« L’embarquement de femmes officiers à bord de sous-marins de la classe Virginia est l’étape suivante naturelle dans l’intégration de femmes dans les forces sous-marines, » a déclaré le Secrétaire à la marine Ray Mabus. « Il y a de nombreuses femmes, extrêmement capables, qui désirent réussir dans ce domaine. La force sous-marine sera plus forte grâce à leurs efforts. Notre marine a prouvé au cours des années que l’un de nos plus grands avantages est notre diversité. C’est un avantage sur lequel nous devrions nous appuyer sur tous types de navires, y compris les sous-marins. »


Depuis que la Navy a officiellement autorisé les femmes à embarquer sur les sous-marins, le 29 avril 2010, 43 d’entre elles ont embarqué sur 6 SNLE de la classe Ohio.


« Je prévois de commencer par 4 sous-marins de la classe Virginia. Les 2 autres recevront des femmes en 2016, » explique le vice-amiral Michael Connor, commandant des forces sous-marines. « Comme le Virginia et le Minnesota appartiennent tous les 2 à la flotte Atlantique, j’ai l’intention de désigner au début de l’an prochain 2 sous-marins de la flotte du Pacifique, basés à Pearl Harbour. »


Référence : US Navy

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4 septembre 2013 3 04 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Navy Prepares to Commission 10th Virginia-class Submarine

Sep 4, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy


The Navy is scheduled to commission its 10th Virginia-class attack submarine Sept. 7, during a pierside ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.


During a formal ceremony to be attended by several hundred dignitaries, families and crew members, Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783) will officially become USS Minnesota and join the Navy's active fleet.


Minnesota began construction in February 2008 and was built in Newport News, Va., under a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.


The building team delivered the ship 11 months ahead of schedule in June. It achieved the highest readiness score of any Virginia-class submarine to date during an inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.


The leaders and Sailors already assigned to Minnesota have excelled, said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander, Submarine Group 2.


"Minnesota has done a superb job of readying the ship for service in the fleet as a commissioned warship," said Perry. "[Commanding Officer] Capt. John Fancher and his team have literally from stem to stern worked the combat systems, nuclear propulsion plant, logistics, and culinary service."


Perry is currently responsible for 25 Los Angeles-class and Virginia-class attack submarines in commission. Minnesota will be the 26th.


"Administratively and operationally, the Minnesota is ready to join the fleet," Perry said.


During Saturday's ceremony, the ship's sponsor Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations retired Adm. Gary Roughead, will take part in a time-honored tradition when crew is called upon to "man the ship." With the order, Minnesota's crew will run aboard the vessel and formally place the submarine in commission.


"I think it will be one of those defining moments in our careers," said Senior Chief Machinist's Mate (SS/DV) Jody Reynolds who reported to Minnesota in 2011. "I remember when I showed up and the boat was an empty shell in a large building with pieces everywhere. I think there will be a lot of reflection on everything we've been through to get the boat to this point."


The Virginia class is an improvement in capability for attack submarines. The fly-by-wire ship control system improves ship handling in shallow water. It also features a larger lock-in/lock-out chamber and a reconfigurable torpedo room that can better support Special Operations Forces and their equipment.


"There's a very high demand signal on the attack submarine force from the combatant commanders. They require the key attributes of the attack submarines," said Perry. "They need that speed, they need the agility, they need the stealth, they need the endurance, and when necessary they need the firepower."


Minnesota is 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It displaces 7,800 tons and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.


Its reactor plant is designed to last the entire planned 33-year life of the ship, which helps reduce lifecycle cost while increasing the time the ship is available to perform missions.


The new submarine will be the Navy's third ship to bear the state of Minnesota's name. The first USS Minnesota, a sailing steam frigate, was commissioned in 1857 and served during the Civil War, remaining in service until her decommissioning in 1898.


The second Minnesota was commissioned in 1907. On Dec. 16, 1907 she departed Hampton Roads as one of the 16 battleships of the Great White Fleet sent by then-President Theodore Roosevelt on a voyage around the world. She continued her service through World War I and was decommissioned in 1921.


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