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    Wednesday, May 14, 2008

    2 Virginia's per year starting in 2010

    Republicans try to get Virginia production to 2 by 2010, and stay there...

    "Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee today will attempt to add advanced procurement funding for an additional Virginia Class Submarine. The $422 million would allow the Navy to purchase long-lead items needed to allow the defense industrial base to build an additional submarine in 2011."

    They were successful, (see this) "
    During the first hours of what is expected to be a long markup of the FY09 defense authorization bill, the panel easily approved the submarine funding, which essentially would serve as a down payment for a second submarine in FY11. The funding comes after the Seapower Subcommittee endorsed an amendment last week from Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., that added $300 million to FY09 submarine accounts for a second submarine in FY10. Courtney, whose district includes submarine builder Electric Boat, joined forces today with House Armed Services ranking member Duncan Hunter, who had initially planned to trim funding from an LPD-17 amphibious warfare ship the Seapower panel added to the bill to pay for the additional submarine. But before today's markup, Hunter redirected the offset to the National Defense Sealift Fund, which would pay for two additional T-AKE auxiliary dry cargo dock carriers that the Seapower panel added to the bill last week. Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said he believes the Navy still will be able to buy the two additional T-AKE vessels."

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