NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Newport News Shipbuilding Friday opened a new facility to accommodate the building of Virginia-class submarines.
The shipbuilder says it made a $100 million investment in the 65,000-square-foot Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility 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.