Sea Platforms

USN starts ‘intrusive’ vendor inspections following submarine welding issues

09 November 2018

The US Navy (USN), along with prime submarine-building contractors, has begun aggressive on-site company inspections implemented to ensure lower-tier vendors are performing and verifying welding and other boat work properly, said Captain Jonathan Rucker, programme manager for the Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

The inspections will make sure there are no additional issues such as the welding defects found earlier this year in missile-tube components for the Columbia submarines, which are slated to replace the Ohio-class strategic boats, Capt Rucker told reporters at the Naval Submarine League Annual 36th Symposium and Industry Update on 7 November.

"We're hitting every missile-tube vendor, down to the sub-tier," Capt Rucker said.

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