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Secret weld: How shoddy parts disabled a $2.7 billion submarine

David Larter

March 27, 2016

...All of this is ending up on the shoulders of the crew. If the PSA had gone off without a hitch, Minnesota would be nearing its first deployment, said Bryan Clark, a retired submarine officer. To top it off, a big chunk of the plankowners are likely never to deploy with their boat. “For the crew it sucks because most of them came on not long before commissioning with the understanding that they would be doing a post-shakedown period in the yards, then work-ups then a deployment,” said Clark, a defense expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “Now you’ve got a whole crew of people who will spend their whole time in the shipyards or work-ups but never deploy.”

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