WASHINGTON — Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger will retire at the end of the month, with Kevin Graney taking over as the head of the General Dynamics subsidiary, the company announced Friday.

Geiger has led Electric Boat since 2013. Graney has been serving as president of General Dynamics NASSCO, another GD-owned shipbuilder, since the start of 2017.

“Kevin Graney’s leadership, nuclear propulsion expertise and proven track record with submarine and surface shipbuilding will be essential to Electric Boat as it expands operations to build both the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine and the next generation of Virginia-class attack submarines,” Robert Smith, GD’s executive vice president for Marine Systems, said in a statement. “We thank Jeff Geiger for his 35-years of service to General Dynamics and we wish him well.”

According to Graney’s biography, he started as an engineer on the Virginia-class submarine program with Electric Boat in 1995 and has held a number of positions with the company. Succeeding Graney at NASSCO will be David Carver, who is already at NASSCO as vice president.

Nuclear submarines are constructed in a joint effort between Electric Boat in Connecticut and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News shipyard in Virginia. The U.S. Navy says updating its nuclear submarine force is its top priority.

Aaron Mehta was deputy editor and senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense News, covering policy, strategy and acquisition at the highest levels of the Defense Department and its international partners.

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