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White House budget includes request for three attack submarines

March 12, 2019

The White House is getting behind a proposal to increase the pace of attack submarine construction.

The 8.6 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, to be unpalatable.

Specifics such as dollar figures for individual programs will be released in the coming days and weeks, but the addition of a submarine would necessitate a boost in funding.

In recent years, Congress has allotted about 2.7 billion to build.

But soon a new version of the attack submarines will be built, which will include an 85-foot addition designed to provide more payload capacity, increasing their lethality, size and cost. Current estimates say the submarines will cost an additional $500 million to build.

The three-submarine proposal also drew support from Connecticut’s two Democratic senators in Washington, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, as one of the few areas in the budget where they agreed with the Trump administration.

“I’ve consistently urged the Department of Defense to increase submarine production to meet the Navy’s own undersea fleet requirements. It’s one of the smartest ways we can counter adversaries like Russia and China, and it supports thousands of great jobs in Connecticut,” Murphy said in a statement.

“It is vital that we continue to bolster our submarine inventory to reach the 66 submarine threshold required by the Navy to effectively deter threats from near-peer adversaries around the globe,” Blumenthal said.

j.bergman@theday.com