Submarine Caucus

Chair Congressman Joe Courtney

In The News

Aug 16, 2016 In The News
With this milestone, Nevada became the fourth active Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), and the third based in Bangor, to go beyond its originally planned 30-year service life.
Aug 16, 2016 In The News
The recent revelation that Beijing has built large and numerous hangar facilities on its islets in the South China Sea is set to increase the temperature of the South China Sea cauldron yet again.
Aug 12, 2016 In The News
The Navy plans to use a future Virginia-class attack submarine as a guinea pig for new acoustic-quieting technology that could be standardized on later boats of the class and on future classes.
Aug 12, 2016 In The News
While the U.S. Navy has been sounding the alarm about a resurgent Russian and growing Chinese submarine threat, much of the problem stems the service’s much diminished anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Even the combined might of today’s Russian and Chinese submarine fleet does not come close to matching the capabilities or threat posed by the once-mighty Soviet Navy – which boasted roughly 240 submarines before the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
Aug 1, 2016 In The News
The latest Virginia-class nuclear attack boat has completed its first set of trials during its first open ocean voyage, builder General Dynamics Electric Boat announced on Monday.
Aug 1, 2016 In The News
The Navy will soon finish initial prototyping of new weapons tubes for its Virginia-Class submarines designed to massively increase missile firepower, bring the platform well into future decades and increase the range of payloads launched or fired from the attack boats.The new missile tubes, called the Virginia Payload Modules, will rev up the submarines’ Tomahawk missile firing ability from 12 to 40 by adding an additional 28 payload tubes – more than tripling the offensive strike capability of the platforms.
Jul 29, 2016 In The News
A planned class of ballistic missile submarines, to be designed and delivered by Electric Boat, will be named "Columbia" after the District of Columbia, a Navy official confirmed Friday. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, heralded the decision as a milestone for the work that has gone on in Groton since 2008, noting Columbia is a "venerable name" that "every American can feel a connection to."
Jul 15, 2016 In The News
If technological progress allowed for it, the United States Navy would like to develop two key features for its next-generation SSN(X) successor to the Virginia-class attack submarines. One feature would effectively turn the future attack submarine into a underwater mother-ship for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) while another would dispense with noise-generating moving parts such as a propulsor or driveshaft in the propulsion system.
Jul 15, 2016 In The News
The building of additional attack submarines (SSNs) is the only way the Navy can avoid the forthcoming shortage in the next decade and have a capability to surge more boats in times of crisis or war, according to two of the Navy’s senior submarine admirals.
Jun 15, 2016 In The News

Washington (NNS) – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 15 that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas.

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