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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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Outgoing Navy secretary still urging a base-closing round

An aerial view of attack submarines USS Virginia, bottom, and USS Connecticut at the Groton submarine base in 2007.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess capacity than the other services, but he also said all Navy facilities would be on the table, even sub bases, if there were a new base-closing round. Continue Reading →

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Bright future for sub industry, if Navy can find the money

The Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska.

WASHINGTON — Forced to retire aging submarines and facing an increased need for sub to fend off potential threats from China and Russia, the Navy has an ambitious, $100 billion plan that will boost work at Electric Boat. But, despite its strategic vision and detailed timeline for the new fleet of boats, the Navy doesn’t know yet how it will pay for the ambitious program. Continue Reading →

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Navy names EB prime contractor on new class of ballistic-missile subs

The Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska.

WASHINGTON — The Navy on Monday released a new submarine construction plan that makes Electric Boat the prime contractor on the costly Ohio-class replacement sub and shifts some work on Virginia-class subs to Newport News Shipbuilding. The total price tag of the Ohio-class replacement boats has been projected at $102 to $107 billion. Continue Reading →

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Obama budget would cut Black Hawks, F-35s, boost Pell grants, Head Start

A Black Hawk helicopter

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s 2017 proposed budget, released Tuesday, would sharply cut funding for Connecticut -made Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters and trim the number of F-35s the Pentagon would buy, while boosting spending on certain domestic priorities. Continue Reading →

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