National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund

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Q&A: Outgoing Navy chief talks submarines, F-35s and his legacy

Sailors move an F-35C, the carrier version of the joint strike fighter, during sea trials aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower last year.

In a recent wide-ranging interview over lunch, The Connecticut Mirror pressed outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the longest serving naval chief in 100 years, about the future of submarine warfare, delays in the F-35 joint strike fighter program and why the Pentagon wants another round of base closings. Continue Reading →

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Courtney wins on sub fund in huge defense bill

The Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney beat back a challenge to a special fund that would pay for a new class of nuclear submarines as the House finished work on a massive defense spending bill with billions of dollars for Connecticut defense contractors. Continue Reading →

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Courtney faces fight over special fund for nuclear subs

A Virginia-class attack submarine

WASHINGTON – The National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, an innovative way to pay for an expensive new class of nuclear subs likely to be built in Connecticut, was established a year ago without much fanfare, but now faces a looming political fight. Its critics call it budgetary gimmickry the nation cannot afford. Continue Reading →

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House panel advances defense bill with billions for Connecticut weapons

A virginia-class attack submarine

WASHINGTON – With the backing of Rep. Joe Courtney, the House Armed Services Committee this week authorized billions of dollars for weapons systems built in Connecticut, including $1.4 billion for a new fund to pay for a new class of nuclear submarines likely to be built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. Continue Reading →

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Defense bill has billions for new sub class, other CT-made weapons

The F-35

WASHINGTON – The defense authorization bill making its way through Congress containins billions for submarines, helicopters and other weaponry made by companies in the state. It includes a special $3.5 billion fund for a new class of submarines that could be built by Electric Boat in Groton. Continue Reading →

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