Navy awards contract for 9 additional attack submarines

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) conducts Bravo sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. Delaware, the 18th Virginia-class submarine, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of HII by Ashley Cowan

GROTON, Conn. (AP) – The U.S. Navy has awarded a $22.2 billion contract for the construction of nine additional Virginia class submarines.

The office of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island on Monday announced the contract for General Dynamics’ Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. in Virginia, the two companies that have been building the attack submarines in a partnership.

The submarines included in the latest contract are expected to be delivered to the Navy between 2025 and 2029.