General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Cesar Chavez

              General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Cesar Chavez

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics NASSCO today
delivered USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) to the U.S. Navy, marking the
completion of a highly successful U.S. shipbuilding program that has spanned
more than a decade.

USNS Cesar Chavez is the fourteenth and final ship of the T-AKE class of dry
cargo-ammunition ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for the U.S. Navy.
NASSCO began constructing the 689-foot-long ship in October 2010,
incorporating international marine technologies and commercial ship-design
features, to minimize operating costs over its projected 40-year service
life. With a 79.2-percent ship-over-ship learning curve, the T-AKE Program is
among the most efficient shipbuilding programs in the United States.

"This is an exciting day for the American shipbuilding industry and the U.S.
Navy, as T-AKE 14 joins a distinguished tradition of NASSCO-built ships
supporting the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps," said Fred Harris, president of
General Dynamics NASSCO. "As demonstrated on our successful sea trials three
weeks ago, the Cesar Chavez is ready for immediate service to our nation."

T-AKE 14 is an extremely capable auxiliary ship that is equipped to fulfill a
variety of U.S. Navy global combat logistics requirements. With a cargo
capacity of more than 10,000 tons, the primary mission of USNS Cesar Chavez
will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions from shore
stations to combat ships at sea.

More information about NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD),
can be found at www.nassco.com.

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www.generaldynamics.com.

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