Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun scheduled overhaul work on the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764).
The Los Angeles-class submarine arrived at Newport News on Monday and will undergo planned maintenance and repair activities pierside before it will be moved to a dry dock in January 2019. The extended engineering overhaul, which includes system upgrades, will take 25 months and is expected to be completed in 2021.
“Submarine fleet support work represents a significant increase in our workload and provides a critical balance for public and private shipyards,” said Bill Smith, Newport News’ vice president of fleet support programs. “We have been preparing for Boise’s availability and looking forward to returning the submarine back to the fleet.”
USS Boise (SSN-764)
USS Boise (SSN-764) is a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine (SSN) in service with the United States Navy. It is the second ship of the Navy to be named after the city of Boise in Idaho.
The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 6 February 1987 and her keel was laid down on 25 August 1988.
She was launched on 23 March 1991 sponsored by Mrs. Louise McClure, and commissioned on 7 November 1992 with Commander D. Mericle in command.
In March 2003, Boise delivered some of the opening shots of Operation Iraqi Freedom when she launched a full load of Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of the initial invasion.
Boise is currently not dive certified as it awaits scheduled maintenance. Due to congestion and delays in Navy shipyards, Boise will receive maintenance at Newport News Shipbuilding’s shipyard during Fiscal Year 2019.