United States
October 4, 2023

Austal USA receives first order for Columbia-class submarine module construction

MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA has received its first order for components supporting construction of a U.S. Navy Columbia-class submarine. The order, from General Dynamics Electric Boat (Electric Boat), is for fabrication of the Command and Control Systems Module (CCSM) for the third ship in the Columbia-class program (SSBN 828). Work under this order represents a significant expansion in the capabilities Austal USA has been providing to the submarine industrial base since February 2023.

The purchase order, with a value of up $12.8 million, was issued by prime contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat (Electric Boat) for work from 2024 through 2027.

The construction of this and other submarine modules is the result of the strategic partnership formed in 2022 between Austal USA and Electric Boat, supported by the U.S. Navy, to expand the production capacity of the submarine industrial base.  As part of the partnership, Austal USA is constructing and outfitting Command and Control Systems Modules (CCSM) and Electronic Deck Modules (EDM) for the Virginia- and Columbia-class programs.

“This order gives Austal and our employees an opportunity to demonstrate our continued commitment to the submarine industrial base and our partner, Electric Boat,” said Austal USA Vice President of New Construction Programs Dave Growden. “We are proud to be a part of the Electric Boat team and to play a key role in such a critical program for our Nation’s security.”

Austal USA continues to expand its facilities and workforce to support the growing demand of the submarine industrial base.  This project follows a recent order received from Electric Boat for three Virginia-class modules.

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