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The U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy’s replacement ballistic missile submarine programs both took steps forward this week, with the Navy awarding $101.3 million to General Dynamics Electric Boat to produce the first 22 missile tubes under the Common Missile Compartment program, and the Brits cutting steel on the first boat in the Successor-class program.
For the cost of a laptop today, the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program began 77 years ago.
It could only have been a Navy physicist who upon observing the energy created by the splitting of uranium atoms, would also wonder if that could be used for propulsion at sea.
Lawmakers avoided a government shutdown by passing a continuing resolution Wednesday night to fund the government through Dec. 9. The Navy has planned for and can mitigate the effects of, as long as Congress passes a proper Fiscal Year 2017 budget by Dec. 9.