The Pentagon announced Wednesday night the start of engineering and manufacturing at Electric Boat of the Columbia-class submarine, the next generation of ballistic missile submarines. - From courant.com
Courtney, a Democrat whose congressional district includes EB, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., said the phase does not call for "full bore production," but instead puts the pieces together for the first ship, starting with the missile compartment.
The engineering and manufacturing development phase calls for the design and development of a system, technologies and capabilities are adopted in the system and preparations are made for manufacturing, including developing manufacturing processes, designing for mass production and managing cost.
Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called the Pentagon announcement a "milestone step" that will lead to the construction of 12 submarines in Groton and Quonset Point, R.I.
Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said producing the submarines will extend 10 to 20 years and they will be in use for decades.
Submarine manufacturing in Connecticut got a boost last month in defense spending measures in the House of Representatives and Senate.