C4iSR: Maritime

USN preparing to acquire nuclear components for Columbia class

03 October 2018

The US Navy (USN) will soon be purchasing equipment for its Columbia-class submarines, which will replace the service's Ohio-class strategic nuclear missile fleet, said Admiral James Caldwell Jr, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

"We'll start buying reactor plant components this year," Adm Caldwell said on 2 October during the Nuclear Energy, Naval Propulsion, and National Security Symposium, which was hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank based in Washington, DC.

Adm Caldwell noted there is increasing concern in maintaining a strong vendor base for some of reactor components, particularly for instrumentation.

However, he said, the USN has no interest in pursuing other reactor technologies, even though some show promise.

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