The ASNE Tidewater section and the Hampton Roads section of the Submarine League wishes to extend a sincere thank you to RDML David Goggins for taking time to share facts about the upcoming Columbia class submarine. This was well-attended (over 90 participated) joint event with the Submarine League / Hampton Roads Chapter.
David is the program director for the Columbia Class Submarine. His knowledge of the various submarine classes is extensive and impressive. It was entertaining hearing him talk about his son’s comparison of building a cruise ship in two years which is less than half the time it takes to complete any class of submarine. It appears the Navy now has an unofficial build goal to achieve! The mission for the new class is to replace the Ohio class and provide the “most survivable leg of the Nation’s strategic triad“. On time delivery was a stressed key point throughout his talk leaving no room for error when it comes to meeting design deadlines and delivery of supplied components from the over 5,000 suppliers nationwide. Other aspects to achieve this on time delivery goal includes reducing last minute changes to design and involving the supplier base earlier on in the process than done with the Virginia class. When designing this new class the best features of the Ohio and Virginia classes were utilized where possible to create more consistency between the submarine classes and reduce repair costs.
The Columbia class will be the most unique submarine the US has operated to date. It will be longer, heavier, wide diameter and designed to have a service life of approximately 42 years. Twelve are scheduled to be built; two less than the Ohio class! The first one is scheduled to be ready for patrol in 2031. No doubt we are good hand with David at the lead.
More information on the Columbia class can be found at: http://www.public.navy.mil/subfor/hq/Documents/COLUMBIA%20Placemat.pdf
Photos from the dinner meeting can be found at our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/TidewaterSectionASNE/
This post was edited by Stephanie Kiffer