Electric Boat-Made Sub ‘North Dakota’ Deploys Underwater Drones in 1st Naval Mission

USS North DakotaThe U.S. Navy‘s USS North Dakota submarine worked alongside three other Virginia-class submarines to deploy and retrieve unmanned underwater vehicles during a six-week tour in the Mediterranean Sea.

The service said Monday that North Dakota — built by General DynamicsElectric Boat subsidiary — joined the USS Virginia, USS Hawaii and USS New Hampshire in its first-ever mission.

“It was a rare opportunity for the crew to be able to deploy prior to executing its post shakedown availability,” said Capt. Douglas Gordon, commanding officer of USS North Dakota.

Capt. Jim Waters, commander of Submarine Squadron 4, added that the mission also worked to demonstrate the use of UUVs in Submarine Force operations.

USS North Dakota is the first of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines and 11th in the overall Virginia-class submarine fleet.

According to the Navy, the Block III submarines are equipped with the Virginia Payload Tubes that are built to carry six Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles each.

You may also be interested in...

Dawne Hickton Jacobs

Dawne Hickton, Critical Mission Solutions Business EVP & COO at Jacobs, Named to 2021 Wash100 for Expanding Cyber Capabilities; Driving Company Growth

Executive Mosaic is honored to present Dawne Hickton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Critical Mission Solutions at Jacobs, as an inductee into the 2021 edition of the Wash100 Award for expanding the company's cybersecurity business and driving significant growth through contract awards. This marks Hickton’s second consecutive Wash100 Award.

Duncan Greene Akima

Akima Subsidiary Wins Spot on $114M Navy Contract for IT, Engineering Services; Duncan Greene Quoted

Aperture, an Akima subsidiary, has secured a position on a five-year, $113.8 million contract to support the Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic’s Command Wide 8(a) Programmatic Engineering Logistics Support Incubator program. “We are excited to continue Akima’s work with the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command,” said Duncan Greene, president of Akima’s Mission Systems, Engineering & Technology Group.


DARPA Selects L3Harris to Design Unmanned Surface Vessel Concept for Long Missions

L3Harris Technologies was tasked by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to present a design concept for an autonomous surface ship under the first phase of a DARPA program that seeks to enable lengthy operation of unmanned ships at sea.