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Courtney Statement On Three-Per-Year Build Rate For Virginia Submarines Authorized in House NDAA

June 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, made the following statement after the seapower and projection forces mark of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was released by the House Armed Services Committee:

“One of the messages we have heard loud and clear from our military commanders is the ever growing need for undersea capabilities, particularly in light of rapidly changing dynamics around the world,” said Courtney. “Meeting that demand and the increasing fleet requirements for our attack submarine force will require us to take aggressive but realistic actions to increase submarine production. This proposal, which was crafted on a bipartisan basis along with Chairman Wittman and our colleagues on the subcommittee hits that mark by laying out a path to achieve a three submarine build rate where capacity exists in the submarine industrial base. As with the larger mark will be present later this week, the submarine provisions will help achieve the needs of our nation through a larger and highly capable naval force. ”

The seapower and projection forces mark authorizes the multiyear procurement authority for 13 Virginia-class attack submarines for the next five years at a minimum rate of two submarines per year and provides the Navy with advanced procurement authority to support a three submarine build rate in 2020, 2022, and 2023. 

The subcommittee will meet to mark up the measure on Thursday. The mark can be found by clicking here.