A shipbuilder works on the stern unit of Indiana (SSN 789) at Newport News Shipbuilding. Photo by Ricky Thompson

4,000 Shipbuilders

The 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders working on Indiana (SSN 789) include engineers, riggers, welders, coatings specialists, electricians, and many other trades and professions. 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.

A unit for the Virginia-class submarine South Dakota (SSN 790) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. | Photo by Chris Oxley

A shipbuilder on a lift works on the stern unit of Indiana (SSN 789) at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2013. | Photo by Ricky Thompson

Newport News Shipbuilding inspector Larry Kellum checks dimensions on the submarine Indiana (SSN 789) at Newport News Shipbuilding in 2014. | Photo by Chris Oxley

Several Virginia-class submarine units are worked on simultaneously in Newport News Shipbuilding's Ring Module Shop in 2010. | Photo by John Whalen

Newport News shipbuilders work on the sail of Mississippi (SSN 782) in 2009. | Photo by John Whalen

The Highest Standard

Newport News' Virginia-class shipbuilders pride themselves in first-time quality. 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. American lives depend on it.

Teaming Arrangement

Newport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Indiana (SSN 789) will be the 16th submarine in the Virginia-class and the eighth delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding. The submarine program has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy

Virginia-Class Infographic

Watch the Christening

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the nation's newest submarine was christened during a ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding where the ship is being completed.

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