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From a White House Official:


President Obama will tour part of the Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF), a large building at the Newport News shipyard. The SMOF supports the building of large sections of Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines and specializes in the construction of the Bow or front sections. He will be accompanied by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) President & CEO Mike Petters, HII Corporate Vice President Matthew Mulherin and Virginia-Class Submarine Construction Director Robert Meyer.


During the tour, the President will see the Bow Sections of the John Warner and USS Illinois, two Virginia-class submarines currently under construction in the facility. Each Bow Section is structurally manufactured in production shops at the North end of the shipyard. All heavy steel and pressure hull plating are joined to form the module before it is brought to the SMOF for outfitting with machinery, pipe, valves, electrical components, lockers and stowage’s.



President Obama will deliver remarks to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) workers in the Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF). He will be introduced by HII President & CEO Mike Petters.


Zachary Goldfarb

White House and economics writer

The Washington Post