Randy Forbes

Defense Bill To Benefit Submarine Manufacturing In Connecticut

Defense Bill To Benefit Submarine Manufacturing In Connecticut

Submarine manufacturing in Connecticut emerged Thursday as a big winner in federal defense spending moving through Congress.

The House of Representatives and Senate approved separate measures to fund the federal government that includes billions for the state's aerospace and submarine manufacturing industries. For Connecticut, the stakes are high. Major manufacturers provide contracts to scores of smaller firms in the supply chain, spurring skilled, well-paid employment for thousands of workers.

More than $5 billion was budgeted for two Virginia-class submarines, including $85 million more than what President Obama sought. The Ohio replacement program submarines received...

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