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Friday, July 17, 2015

Plan to Fund Ohio Replacement Submarine Reaches Tipping Point

Successor class SSBNPolitical drama surrounds the Navy’s Ohio replacement submarine, as the service tries to secure funding for its highest priority program.

Much hangs on the outcome of the high stakes budget battle playing out in Washington, D.C., which will shape the future of Navy shipbuilding and potentially have major effects on the other services and the industrial base.

A key issue in question is how to pay for the next generation of ballistic missile submarines — known as the SSBN(X) or the Ohio replacement — which the Navy says are needed to replace the aging Ohio-class vessels currently in service.

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