Navy awards General Dynamics contract for second Virginia-class submarine

By Aidan Quigley / March 22, 2021 at 1:17 PM

The Navy announced Friday that it had awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $2.4 Billion contract to build a second Virginia-class submarine, which was appropriated in the fiscal year 2021 budget.

The Trump administration initially proposed just one Virginia-class submarine, but reversed course following Congressional pushback.

House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney (D-CT) said in a Friday press release that the subcommittee’s successful work to add the second Virginia-class submarine into the budget prevented layoffs and “further decline in the Navy’s aging, shrinking fleet.”

“Today’s award announcement will stabilize the program’s workforce and keep recapitalization of the attack submarine fleet on track,” he said.