December 7, 2012

Sub with new design nears completion in Groton

Electric Boat in Groton says it is nearing completion of the first in a series of Navy attack submarines with a newly redesigned bow, The Associated Press reports.

Company spokesman Robert Hamilton says the boat that will become the USS North Dakota is coming along at near-record pace despite the new design to accommodate larger weapons tubes.

The 113-foot-long bow section arrived at the Groton shipyard a week ago from Newport News, Va. Hamilton said Friday the company expects to be able to deliver the Virginia-class sub ahead of the contracted date of August 2014.

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