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    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Electric Boat gets $698 million contract for USS Hartford maintenance

    The USS Hartford (SSN 768) is under repair in the south yard dry dock at General Dynamics Electric Boat in this April 22, 2022, aerial view. The PCU Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795) is dockside at left, and the USS Vermont (SSN 792) is at right. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    The USS Hartford (SSN 768) is under repair in the south yard dry dock at General Dynamics Electric Boat in this April 22, 2022, aerial view. The PCU Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795) is dockside at left, and the USS Vermont (SSN 792) is at right. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    The U.S. Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $697,894,932 contract for the remainder of the overhaul of the USS Hartford (SSN 768), the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

    This is a modification to a previously awarded contract “for the maintenance, repair, and modernization efforts” on the USS Hartford.

    Work will be performed in Groton and is expected to be finished by October 2026.

    “This is another strong endorsement by the Navy in the talent and enduring importance of our shipbuilders and manufacturers in eastern Connecticut, and in the critical role they’ll continue to play,” U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said in a news release. Courtney is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

    His office noted that this contract represents full funding to carry out the remainder of one of the largest maintenance availabilities ever at EB. This contract award uses funding previously authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act. The Navy last June awarded a “Smart Start” contract to EB for initial maintenance work on the USS Hartford.

    “My colleagues and I on the Seapower Subcommittee authorized the funding for that innovative approach, and our shipbuilders took full advantage,” Courtney said. “Their success on that initial maintenance led directly to today’s nearly $700 million contract award, which was also authorized by our Subcommittee, and that’s going to fuel activity at the Groton shipyard and throughout our manufacturing sector for years to come.”

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., noted in a news release that the USS Hartford maintenance availability is the first such contract to EB since the USS Montpelier in 2015, “and I am confident that EB will execute on time and on budget. This work is critical to building and maintaining our incredible workforce and highlights their ability to perform extremely complicated maintenance and construction work at Groton.”

    e.moser@theday.com

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