Submarine Design and Construction

two_thirds-constructionUsing expertise developed from building 62 submarines over four decades, Newport News Shipbuilding is one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. We also provide design and engineering services and fleet maintenance support around the world.

New construction

We are building the U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced attack submarines in the world — the Virginia-class. Designed to meet the Navy’s requirements in a post-Cold War era, Virginia-class submarines use advanced technologies to increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth. The 377-feet long submarines are capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time.

Under an innovative agreement, Newport News Shipbuilding is producing these submarines as part of a team with General Dynamics Electric Boat. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy. Learn more about the Virginia-class

Prior to the Virginia-class, Newport News Shipbuilding designed the Los Angeles-class submarine and constructed 29 of the 62 boats built.

Design and engineering

Newport News is the Navy’s planning yard for the Los Angeles-class and Seawolf-class attack submarines. This involves the design and on-site installation of state-of-the-art technology to keep the submarine fleet the most capable in the world.