Langevin Statement on U.S. Navy Contract Award Advancing the Columbia-class Submarine Program

WARWICK, R.I. -- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement regarding the modification of the U.S. Navy contract awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. The $9.47 billion contract option will allow for the construction of two Columbia-class submarines after they are authorized and funded by Congress. Next week, the House Armed Services Committee will mark up legislation authorizing these submarines as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The contract modification also includes $869 million in immediate awards to support the Columbia-class by continuing design work and advance construction. Vital work on the program occurs at Electric Boat facilities at Quonset Point. In March, Congressman Langevin led a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging support for the Columbia-class program.

“Replacing aging Ohio-class submarines with a cutting-edge Columbia-class fleet is vital to maintain strategic deterrence. I’m thrilled that, as with our other submarine programs, a good portion of the work on Columbia-class vessels will continue to be done by hard-working Rhode Islanders at Quonset Point.

“This historic contract directly supports the Navy’s capabilities, as well as the local manufacturers who make up our state’s leading defense sector during a time when many have seen disruptions due to the public health emergency created by COVID-19.

“Introducing the next-generation fleet that leverages new technology as soon as possible is the Navy’s top acquisition priority. The Columbia-class remains incredibly important for the state of Rhode Island, which is also playing a role in the construction of Virginia-class fast-attack submarines made possible by last December’s Block V multi-year contract, the largest Navy contract ever awarded.”