Navy’s New Nuke Sub On Track; Early Problems Fixed « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

CAPITOL HILL The head of the Navy’s Columbia-class nuclear submarine program says that the program, despite earlier concerns over cost, schedule, and industrial base issues, is set to meet its goal of a first deployment in 2031, putting the service’s most expensive and consequential program on track. The boats will come just in time to replace the fourteen aging Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, which will be over 40 years old by time they’re replaced, making them the oldest subs the US Navy has ever taken to sea. All of the Ohios were all commissioned between 1981 and 1997, and the US hasn’t built another SSBN since, leading to some slack in the industrial base. Rear Adm. John Tammen, who directs the Navy’s Undersea Warfare Division, said today at the Heritage Foundation that “our nuclear industrial base has been somewhat stagnant for awhile,” but with work starting soon on the Virginia payload modules (which increase cruise missile capacity in attack submarines), “we see the industrial base ramping up pretty quickly here.” In the coming years, the planned 12 Columbia submarines will be tasked with carrying about 70 percent of the nation’s strategic nuclear weapons capabil

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