Navy keeping options open to 'tack on' additional submarines to 12-boat Columbia buy

By Jason Sherman / November 18, 2020 at 4:28 PM
The Navy is entertaining future scenarios where the size of the Columbia-class submarine fleet grows beyond current plans for 12 boats, a potential option that would involve extending the production line beyond 2035 and require adjusting procurement plans for a follow-on Trident missile and associated weapon system the service is in the early stages of defining. Strategic Systems Programs Director Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe was asked yesterday during an online event hosted by the Naval Submarine League if his organization...

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