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Delays on Navy's $161 billion Virginia class submarines hit 15 months

Christian Fernsby |
The Navy's newest Virginia class submarines are expected to be 10 to 15 months late as contractors General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls Industries try to recover from assembly faults that have dogged recent boats in the $161 billion program.

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The average delay of 10.5 months is an increase from a seven-month average cited in March by the Naval Sea Systems Command for 10 vessels being built under a 2014 contract, according to a comparison of dates in Navy budget documents.

The contractors, rival shipbuilders who are producing the submarines together, had sought to shave months off of previous construction periods.

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