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USS NORTH DAKOTA GOING INTO DRY DOCK

Our boat USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) should be back in a dry dock right so it can be inspected and repaired.

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The problem seems to be with the Vertical Payload Tubes in the redesigned bow that makes NORTH DAKOTA unique as the first of the Block III submarines.  This slide highlights the difference from the first ten VIRGINIA Class submarines.

USS North Dakota low res VIR_BowMod_C_07-338_RGBr R

 

Here is a link to an article in The Navy Times:

http://breakingdefense.com/2014/04/navy-sub-program-stumbles-ssn-north-dakota-delayed-by-launch-tube-troubles/

 

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