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Connecticut shipyard delivers new nuclear sub

September 26, 2018

The U.S. Navy took delivery of the nuclear-powered submarine South Dakota from the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton operated by General Dynamics, the 17th Virginia-class attack sub.

The 377-foot South Dakota carries Tomahawk cruise missiles, with the sub able to dive more than 800 feet and travel more than 25 knots. Construction commenced in 2013, with the sub slated to be commissioned early next year.

Among other innovations, Electric Boat designed the sub with two payload tubes that can each launch a half-dozen Tomahawks, representing a cost savings over separate launch tubes installed in earlier Virginia-class subs.

Given the designation SSN 790, it is the third U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned with the name South Dakota, along with the World War II battleship BB 57 which saw action in the Battle of the Philippine Sea; and the armored cruiser ACR 9 which patrolled the South Atlantic during World War I.

Electric Boat employs 16,800 people in Groton, New London and Quonset Point, R.I., among the two largest corporate employers in Connecticut along with United Technologies.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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