U.S. Navy’s $166 Billion Attack-Sub Program Sees More Delays

The U.S. Navy’s $166 billion Virginia-class submarine program continues to experience cost increases and “persistent problems” that are likely to force delays in delivery, according to a congressional watchdog’s assessment of the Pentagon’s $1.8 trillion weapons portfolio.

The potential 12-vessel “Block V” version of the nuclear-powered, fast-attack sub “is already costing more than expected, due in part to the same inefficiencies, such as inadequate staffing levels, affecting earlier blocks” of the submarine, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday in its annual weapons overview.

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