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HII completes pressure hull for future Virginia-class submarine USS Massachusetts

10th August 2022 - 17:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The pressure hull for the future USS Massachusetts. (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilders working on the future Virginia-class submarine USS Massachusetts have joined all the boat's hull sections to form a single watertight unit, marking the completion of the pressure hull.

Completing the pressure hull is the last major construction milestone for the submarine before it is launched.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding, which is building Massachusetts, is one of two US shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines.

The other yard building the Virginia-class is General Dynamics Electric Boat.

Massachusetts is the 25th Virginia-class SSN for the USN.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, each Virginia-class boat has a submerged displacement of 7,925t and measures 114.8m in length.

The boats are powered by a GE PWR S9G nuclear reactor and two turbines offering an unlimited range and a maximum speed of around 25kts.

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