08 Aug '18, 11am

US Navy: Welding Problem Found on Missile Tubes for New Subs

US Navy: Welding Problem Found on Missile Tubes for New Subs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Navy said Tuesday there's a problem with welds on missile tubes that are destined for new submarines . The welding issue was identified on missile tubes that have been delivered to General Dynamics Electric Boat for new ballistic-missile submarines for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy, and on tubes for weapons being manufactured for new U.S. attack submarines, according to the Naval Sea Systems Command. BWX Technologies, Inc., a subcontractor to Electric Boat, found the quality control issue, the command said. A testing instrument did not adequately inspect the welds. Defense News first reported the story. Electric Boat is based in Groton, Connecticut, and has a manufacturing facility in Rhode Island. BWX Technologies is headquartered in Virginia. The tubes have not been installed on any submarines. A dozen were affected. BWX Technologies said i...

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