In June, Collins Machine Works (CMW) received a welcome visit in Charleston, South Carolina. Justin Byrum, director of the Virginia-class Submarine (VCS) program at Newport News Shipbuilding, offered thanks to the CMW team on behalf of Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries. During Byrum’s visit, 13 CMW employees received director’s coins and CMW President Robert Twine received a framed picture of the USS Washington, a Virginia-class submarine launched in April of 2016.
“Very few Americans can say they’ve had such a direct impact on the Navy’s shipbuilding program, the safety of our sailors at sea and the security of our nation,” Byrum told CMW employees. “We are grateful for your partnership and dedication.”
CMW supports the VCS program with shafting and machining work. Support comes from both of CMW’s locations, in Charleston and in Portsmouth, Virginia. These strategic locations place the CMW team in proximity to Charleston’s naval shipyard and Newport News Shipbuilding.
VCS vessels represent the future of naval submarining. The fleet of attack submarines is the U.S. Navy’s newest undersea warfare platform, capable of reaching speeds of 25 knots. VCS vessels are armed with a variety of weapons, including Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes. The on-board nuclear reactor delivers 40,000 shaft horsepower and allows the submarines to stay underway for up to three months at a time.
Ultimately, supporting the VCS program is just one way that CMW remains on the forefront of maritime technology. From redeveloping components of a 1960s-era command ship to supporting projects on the other side of the globe, CMW keeps maritime defense vessels ever at the ready.Tags: Newport News Shipbuilding, submarine work, USS Washington