GD to Christen US Navy's Most Advanced Submarine, North Dakota, on Saturday

General Dynamics Electric Boat will christen North Dakota (SSN-784), the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear-attack submarine, at its shipyard here on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m.  Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler, is the ship's sponsor.  The event's principal speaker is Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, commander – Submarine Forces.

The submarine North Dakota is the 11th ship of the Virginia class, the first U.S. Navy combatants designed for the post-Cold War era.  Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, North Dakota and the other Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean.

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Electric Boat and its construction partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, have delivered 10 Virginia-class submarines to the Navy, and have contracts for eight additional ships.

A live video and audio webcast of the North Dakota christening will be accessible online at www.gdeb.com . Webcast coverage will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EDT; the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:15 p.m.  The program will be available for on-demand replay for one week, beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Source: General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD)
Date: Oct 29, 2013