"Negotiations between the U.S. Navy and industry over a multiyear contract for eight Virginia-class submarines will begin 'soon,' and the Navy expects to sign a deal late this year, according to Allison Stiller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs, and Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, Deputy CNO, Resources and Requirements.
" They also told House Armed Services Committee (HASC) seapower panel members this month that the program continues to progress toward the goal of building two subs annually for $4 billion in 2005 dollars. "
The article also informs:
"Other efforts, all of which are geared to closing an attack sub shortfall, include extending the service life of a few Los Angeles-class subs, and, if necessary, deploying a small number of submarines for seven months."
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