WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the proposal between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding for the construction of the Ohio Replacement Program and Virginia-Class Submarines. The proposed framework for the construction of over 30 Ohio Replacement and Virginia-Class Submarines through the early 2030s could bring thousands of additional jobs to eastern Connecticut in the coming years.
Murphy said, “This proposal from Electric Boat and Newport News has the potential to save taxpayer money and create thousands of jobs in Connecticut and Virginia in the coming years. I fight hard all year long to ensure that Congress and the U.S. Navy remain committed to building both the Virginia and Ohio Class Replacement Submarines, and I urge the Navy to quickly accept this proposal.”
Electric Boat is headquartered in Groton, but the company has additional facilities in New London, Quonset Point, and other areas across the country. With the help of almost 13,000 employees, Electric Boat has constructed more than 60 ships in the Los Angeles, Ohio, Seawolf, and Virginia classes of submarines.