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Introduction from The Department of Defense's 2010 Nuclear Posture Review calls for recapitalization of the nation's sea-based deterrent. In order to meet this requirement the U.S. must begin construction of the lead ship of the Columbia Class(formerly Ohio Replacement) program in FY2021. Because these submarines will remain in service until 2080, they must provide cost-effective, state-of-the-art design and technology to ensure survivability. Efforts to reduce the design, construction and life cycle costs are a primary focus of the program.
Development of the Common Missile Compartment, a joint development effort between the U.S. and U.K. for replacement SSBNs, is on track to support the construction schedules of both countries.
Named District of Columbia (SSBN-826) on 4 June 2022.

Displacement: 20,810 long tons (submerged)
Length: 560 feet
Hull Diameter: 43 feet
Speed: 20+ knots
Diving Depth: 800+ feet
Missile Tubes: 16
Weapons System: Trident II D5 (LE)
Propulsion: Nuclear, Electric Drive

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SS 826 104k A graphic representation of the future Columbia (SSBN-826), NAVSEA concept, 2012. Photo via
SS 826 1.13k An artist rendering of the future Columbia class ballistic missile submarines. The 12 submarines of the Columbia class are a shipbuilding priority and will replace the Ohio-class submarines reaching maximum extended service life. The Columbia class Program Executive Office is on track to begin construction with Columbia (SSBN-826) in fiscal year 2021, deliver in fiscal year 2028, and on patrol in 2031. USN photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales via
SS 826 522k Cutaway of the SSBN-X Columbia (SSBN-826) Illustration via
SS 826 343k Cutaway of the SSBN-X Columbia (SSBN-826). Illustration via
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156k Teaming Arrangement of the Columbia Class.
Building on the success of the Virginia-class submarine program, NNS and EB will build 12 Columbia Class submarines between 2021 and 2039 with EB as the prime contractor. NNS will participate in the design and will manufacture major Columbia Class assemblies and modules, including the bow, stern, auxiliary machinery room, superstructure and weapons modules.
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SS 826 3.59k 2 photo PDF of the first cut of steel for construction of the Columbia Class (SSBN-826) Submarine Program. Photos DCS19-302-80 & DCS19-302-91 courtesy of
SS 826 289k Smoke rises to the Foundry's ceiling after shipbuilders successfully poured the first four copper nickel castings for the Columbia Class Submarine Program on 28 May 2019. The pour marked the start of advance construction for the Navy's newest class of ballistic missile submarines. Photo # 12-DCS19-309-153 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of
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826k General Dynamics Electric Boat welder Maria Betance-Pizarro welds the initials of the sponsor of the future U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine District of Columbia (SSBN-826) onto a metal plate at a ceremony at the Electric Boat facility in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, on June 4, 2022. Looking on are the sponsor, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and officials from Electric boat, members of Congress, and officers of the U.S. Navy. (Credit: General Dynamics Electric Boat). General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo # 06042022-1 & text courtesy of via Bob Haner & Fabio Pena.
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840k Ship sponsor Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) addresses the crowd at the keel-laying ceremony for the future U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine District of Columbia at the Electric Boat facility in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, on June 4, 2022. (Credit: General Dynamics Electric Boat) General Dynamics Electric Boat Photo # 06042022-7 & text courtesy of via Bob Haner & Fabio Pena.

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