The U.S. Navy’s saddest fast-attack nuclear submarine will finally get the “gentle and loving repairs” it needs, the Navy Times said in an April 30 article.
Back in October 2015, Adele topped the pop charts with the song “Hello,” and then Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that he would not run for president the following year. It was also the last month that the hapless Boise rapid-attack nuclear submarine patrolled the area.
At the time, the nuclear submarine was supposed to be in the maintenance phase, but the endless backlog of tasks meant it had to wait… Wait a little longer… Wait a little longer.
In good news for the BOISE, U.S. Navy Operations Commander Mike Gilday told lawmakers on April 29th that the long-awaited maintenance of the nuclear submarine was expected to begin this year.
Gilday told a House Defense Subcommittee hearing Thursday on the Navy and Marine Corps budgets for fiscal year 2022 that the nuclear submarine will soon have enough room for repairs.
The work, which will cost about $355 million, will be completed at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia, the Navy Times’s sister publication, Defense News, reported last fall.
Repairs to the Boise are expected to take about two years, meaning it will take about eight years from the last patrol to another departure.
Gilday also said Thursday that the U.S. Navy is making progress in timely maintenance, with delays reduced from 7,000 to 1,200 in the past 18 months. “We’re not happy with the situation, but we think we’re heading in the right direction,” he said. ”。
While pointing out that the Navy’s public shipyards need to do better, Gildy also denounced the failure of the U.S. shipbuilding industry.
Gilday, who did not give his name, said some private suppliers did not deliver on time.
“It’s disappointing for us.” Gilday said U.S. industry must step up in this area, and the U.S. Navy must step up to deliver the ships on time. ”