Defense News: Faulty welding found in Columbia-class submarine missile tubes

FAULTY WELDING was discovered in several missile tubes destined for both the Columbia- and Virginia-class programs in a project contracted by General Dynamics Electric Boat to a Virginia-based company. Above, an artist's rendering of the Columbia-class ballistic submarine. / COURTESY NAVAL SEA SYSTEM COMMAND
PROVIDENCE – Faulty welding was discovered in several missile tubes that were built for the Columbia- and Virginia-class submarine programs, Defense News reported Tuesday. BWXT Inc., headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., and a subcontractor for General Dynamics Electric Boat (the project's prime contractor), had already delivered seven of an ordered 12 missile tubes to Electric Boat…

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