4,000 Shipbuilders

The 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders working on John Warner (SSN 785) include engineers, riggers, welders, coatings specialists, electricians and many more job descriptions. Working in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, NNS is responsible for building the ship's bow and stern sections, as well as the Auxiliary Machinery Room (AMR) and the habitability and weapons modules.

Photo: the bow unit of John Warner (SSN 785) is moved November 28, 2012. Photo by Ricky Thompson

The Highest Standard

There is no margin for error in building submarines. Each frame and compartment is assembled with the detailed care demanded by a vessel that will dive in excess of 800 feet. Even in a submarine's many tight spaces, the shipbuilders work to the highest standard. The U.S. Navy depends on it.

Photo: Newport News shipbuilder Stephen R. Hardee welds in the shaft tunnel on North Carolina (SSN 777). Photo by Chris Oxley

Top Performers

The shipbuilders of the Virginia-class are top performers, with the submarine program being recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy. The last submarine delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding, USS Minnesota (SSN 783), was delivered nearly 11 months ahead of schedule.

Photo: North Carolina (SSN 777) is moved to the Floating Dry Dock at Newport News Shipbuilding, May 3, 2007. Photo by Ricky Thompson

Built for America

Pride runs deep for the builders of the Virginia-class. The 377-foot long submarines they build are nuclear-powered marvels, capable of staying submerged for up to three months at a time and reaching submerged speeds of more than 25 knots.

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