Virginia-Class Subs Wearing Out Faster Than Anticipated

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Vir­ginia-class sub­ma­rine USS Ver­mont (SSN-792) as she returns home to Sub­ma­rine Base New Lon­don on Thurs­day, on Dec. 24, 2020. US Navy Photo
Some parts on Vir­ginia-class attack boats are wear­ing out faster than the Navy antic­i­pat­ed 20 years ago, and buy­ing replace­ment parts is fur­ther strain­ing a nuclear sub­ma­rine indus­tri­al base that’s already jug­gling an expan­sion of con­struc­tion of new hulls and main­tain­ing the cur­rent fleet.

The Navy has found that engi­neer­ing analy­sis from 20 years ago isn’t hold­ing up com­pared to actu­al attack boat per­for­mance in the fleet. Dur­ing the Vir­ginia-class attack sub (SSN-774) design phase, the Navy had expected “ …

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