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Newport News, Va. (Apr. 9, 2005) - Northrop Grumman Corporation of Newport News, Va., reached a construction milestone by launching the second Virginia-class attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775). This is the company's first submarine launching in nearly a decade. Northrop Grumman Newport News is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build the first ten submarines of the Virginia class. Current plans call for 30 Virginia-class submarines in the fleet. As the Navy's next-generation attack submarine, the Virginia-class will provide the U.S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. Texas will have improved stealthiness, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and Special Warfare enhancements that will enable it to meet the Navy's multimission requirements. U.S. Navy photo by Chris Oxley (RELEASED)

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