Missile Systems

EB Expected To Bid On Navy Contracts For Sub Maintenance

GROTON — With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels. The commander of the Navy's submarine force, Vice Adm. Michael Connor, said routine overhauls that once took 19 months have been taking 28 months because of staffing shortages at U.S. shipyards brought about by federal budget cuts. "That has a significant impact on the force," Connor told The Associated Press in an interview. The companies expected to bid on new contracts for overhaul work are Electric Boat, a Groton-based division of General Dynamics, and...