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Nuke Sub Launch Tube Problems Found: ‘Warning Flags Are Up’

Published: August 8, 2018
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WASHINGTON: The Navy has discovered problems with the welds on 12 nuclear missile launch tubes, some for America’s $122.3 billion Columbia-class submarine program and others for the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought submarines. The issue is serious enough that Rep. Joe Courtney, top Democrat on the House seapower subcommittee, told me “the warning flags are up.”

There is little margin for error, because Columbia boats begin coming online in 2031 just as the Reagan-era Ohio class are retired, and the nation needs a minimum of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) to maintain a nuclear deterrent force at sea at all times. A congressional staffer told us that the Navy “has a schedule with no room for delays and a cost estimate well below the 50th percentile confidence level.” And the problems affect the lead ship of the class, which are always very challenging,

“I have been studying lead ship issues for a long time,” the staffer told us in an email. “The issues with lead ships is that with the precious rare exception, something always goes wrong in the process of design and construction. (Emphasis in the original). The Navy always says lead ships are hard. They’re right, they’re very hard. Whether this particular issue will lead to a problem or higher costs or not does not matter so much as it is an indicator that things will go wrong to some degree or extent.”

How hard is all this? The program is the Navy’s top acquisition priority, the staffer said, but it is, “arguably, the most technologically complex weapon system ever proposed, so that it must perform flawlessly in both schedule and cost to meet the goals set for it. In my view, based on the history of lead ship programs and the details of this program in particular, cost growth and schedule delays are inevitable. This little hiccup, in and of itself, may prove to be nothing. I don’t know. But it is the canary in the coal mine.”

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