The Columbia-Class Submarine Program recently celebrated important milestones.

Columbia-Class Submarine Program Celebrates Milestones

Published July 19, 2022

The Columbia-class submarine construction team at Newport News Shipbuilding recently celebrated milestones that pulled together employees across the value stream to support tight schedules for a program that is critical to maintaining the nation’s strategic deterrence.

In recognition of the team’s efforts, the Columbia program held an appreciation cookout at the new Ship Join Bay. The event recognized approximately 500 shipbuilders across all three shifts whose efforts contributed to these recent achievements.

“This event was important to identify and personally thank the shipbuilders on the Columbia team who have worked tirelessly over the last year,” said Christa Riley (K07), Columbia program manager. “Without their hard work and dedication, these milestones would not be possible.”

This progress reinforces NNS’ commitment to the Columbia program to both the Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat. It also emphasizes the strides that the company has made on a first-of-class boat, while working under a first-of-its-kind contract for NNS.