Backlog of idle SSNs Reaches Crisis Level

Pictured – Newport News Shipyard

Edward Bartlett – the CEO of Bartlett Marine– declared a submarine capability shortfall has reached the level of crisis and become “an inescapable, urgent problem.”

Members of the shipbuilding industry gathered on 5 October, as the Marine Machinery Association (MMA), to hear Bartlett Maritime’s proposal for rejuvenating submarine production.

Delays in maintenance have removed submarines from their missions at an unprecedented rate. On September 25, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) revealed the number of attack submarines (SSNs) either in depot maintenance or idle (awaiting depot maintenance) has increased from 11 boats (about 21% of the SSN force) in FY2012 to 18 boats (about 37% of the SSN force) as of May 2023.

Bartlett Maritime stressed the importance of developing new infrastructure for construction and proposed developing new facilities for repairing and rotating submarine components as a first step.

Source: Naval Technology October 10, 2013

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