Wednesday, September 2, 2009

GD delivered USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8)

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly
owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today delivered USNS Wally
Schirra (T-AKE 8) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of the fifth
American launched into space, Navy Captain Walter M. "Wally" Schirra, Jr.
Including the Wally Schirra, NASSCO has delivered eight T-AKEs, which are also
known as Lewis and Clark-class ships. NASSCO has construction contracts for
four additional ships and long-lead material contracts for two more ships for
a total class of 14 T-AKE vessels.

Construction of the USNS Wally Schirra began in October 2007. The
689-foot-long ship will serve under the Navy's Military Sealift Command and
will soon begin delivering as much as 10,000 tons of dry cargo and petroleum
products at one time to U.S. and allied ships at sea.

"As demonstrated on the very successful sea trials four weeks ago, the Wally
Schirra is superb in fit and finish, and ready for immediate service," said
Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "The Schirra and
the other T-AKEs fulfill a vital naval logistics role. NASSCO will continue
to support that critical Navy mission through the timely delivery of these
high-quality, versatile ships in the future."

General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,500 people and is the only major
ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. In addition to
T-AKE construction, the San Diego shipyard is also building three commercial
product carriers for American Petroleum Tankers, a shipbuilding joint venture
led by the Blackstone Financial Group. More information about NASSCO can be
found at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately
92,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation;
land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding
and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More
information about General Dynamics is available online at

SOURCE General Dynamics NASSCO


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