The Shipbuilders

The 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders working on Washington (SSN 787) 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.

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.

The Virginia-class submarine program has been recognized as the top performing shipbuilding program in the Navy. The last submarine delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding, USS John Warner (SSN 785), was delivered June 25, 2015.

Photo: Shipbuilders work on the bow section of John Warner (SSN 785) while it stands in the vertical or "stovepipe" position.

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