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General Dynamics to christen Navy’s most advanced submarine

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Government contractor General Dynamics will christen the U.S. Navy’s most advanced nuclear attack submarine on Saturday.

The Falls Church-based company and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding worked together on the USS New Hampshire. The ship is the fifth of the Virginia class, the first series of Navy ships built in a Cold War era. General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman have been contracted to build 10 ships in the Virginia class.

The New Hampshire was the first Virginia-class ship to be built on a shortened timeline — from 84 months to 72 months. Construction began on the ship in October 2002 and will be delivered to the Navy by the end of summer. Its commissioning is scheduled for October.

The christening ceremony will being at 11 a.m. It can be seen via live video and Webcast at http://www.gdeb.com

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