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Bath Iron Works to support ASC in Air Warfare Destroyer Program

BATH, ME – On May 31, 2005, the Australian Government announced that ASC Pty Ltd (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) was selected as the preferred shipbuilder for the Australian Defense Force Project SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD). Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a member of ASC’s team and will continue to serve as ASC’s capability partner in this project phase.

Project SEA 4000 will establish a new class of three air-defense capable ships for the Royal Australian Navy to begin entering into service in 2013. The AWDs will have the AEGIS air warfare system as the core of their combat system and will provide sustained maritime area air defense for deployed forces. The ship is expected to be highly interoperable with the US and other coalition partners.

The announcement marks the start of formal negotiations of an anticipated ship construction contract for ASC. A team of BIW personnel will travel to Australia this week to support discussions between the government and ASC on the shipbuilder work scope and contract price. As a capability partner, BIW anticipates furnishing a number of personnel to fill key management positions and will support the ASC AEGIS destroyer shipbuilding program.

Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine, is the lead designer and builder of the DDG 51 Class AEGIS destroyer and employs approximately 6,000 people. General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 70,100 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 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 - Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Press Contact: (207) 442-2072

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