‘VIRGINIA’-CLASS SUBMARINE PROGRAM SAILS INTO FULL RATE PRODUCTION

The USN’s ‘Virginia’-class submarine program recently achieved ‘Milestone III’ and full rate production approval with the signing of an acquisition decision memorandum by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The achievement of Milestone III coincides with the program transitioning to a schedule involving the construction of two submarines per year, starting […]
The USN’s ‘Virginia’-class submarine program recently achieved ‘Milestone III’ and full rate production approval with the signing of an acquisition decision memorandum by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The achievement of Milestone III coincides with the program transitioning to a schedule involving the construction of two submarines per year, starting in fiscal year 2011. Construction of the first two Block III vessels began in March 2009 (SSN-784) and March 2010 (SSN-785). The seventh ship of the class, the ‘Missouri’ (SSN-780) was commissioned on 31 July 2010. There are five additional ‘Virginia’-class submarines under construction, and six more under contract.