On July 10, Bollinger Shipyards LLC christened the Holland, a 400'x100' ocean transport barge, for General Dynamics Electric Boat.
The Holland will support the construction and maintenance of the U.S. Navy's Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class fast attack submarines.
General Dynamics Electric Boat is the prime contractor on the design and build of the Navy's Columbia-class submarine, which will replace the aging Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
In November 2019, General Dynamics Electric Boat selected Bollinger to construct the Holland. The concept and contract design was handled by the Bristol Harbor Group, Bristol, R.I., while Bollinger performed the detail design engineering at its Lockport, La., facility. Construction was completed at Bollinger Marine Fabrication, Amelia, La.
“The Holland will play an integral role in our mission to design and deliver the Columbia class, the nation’s top strategic defense priority," said Kevin Graney, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat. "It embodies the spirit of submarine designer John Holland, whose innovation, determination and commitment to excellence laid the foundation for modern submarine construction."
”The recapitalization of the sea-based strategic deterrent capability, the Columbia class, is our Navy’s highest acquisition priority,” added Capt. Jon Rucker, program manager of the Columbia-class submarine program. “The Holland is an integral enabler in support of the construction and on time delivery of the Columbia class to maintain the nation's strategic deterrence capability. We recognize and appreciate the Bollinger team’s efforts to construct and deliver the Holland to support the Navy.”