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General Dynamics Prepares Submarine Jimmy Carter for June 5 Christening

GROTON, Conn. – The third and final Seawolf-class attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), was moved outdoors for the first time over the weekend at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard here. Electric Boat is a wholly subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

With a length of 453 feet, a beam of 40 feet and a displacement of 12,139 tons (submerged), the Jimmy Carter honors the 39th president of the United States – the only submarine-qualified man who went on to become the nation’s chief executive. As the last and most advanced of the Seawolf class, the Jimmy Carter will have built-in flexibility that gives it the power to prevail in any scenario and against any threat – from beneath Arctic ice to shallow water.

Differentiating the Jimmy Carter from all other undersea vessels is its Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which includes a 100-foot hull extension that enhances payload capability. This enables it to accommodate advanced technology required to develop and test an entirely new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine-warfare operations.

Additionally, a dedicated and reconfigurable electronics suite using commercial off-the-shelf technology and open architecture will make it easy to accommodate future payloads and sensors.

The Jimmy Carter will be christened at a shipyard ceremony Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m. Ship sponsor is Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Carter, who also will participate in the ceremony.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 68,400 people worldwide and anticipates 2004 revenue of $19 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.

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Any "forward-looking statements" contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

General Dynamics Corporation (ticker: GD, exchange: NYSE)
News Release - Monday, May 10, 2004
Press Contact: (860) 433-8556



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