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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus: Sequestration is the ‘Culprit’ in Shipbuilding Delays

Ray Mabus
Ray Mabus

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has said that since “sequestration looms over everything,” the Navy stands to experience delays and lose savings from multi-year procurement, according to an AOL Defense article.

During a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, Mabus said the Navy’s fiscal 2013 budget has been properly appropriated but “Sequestration then took its percentage out.”

Already working to reprogram funding, Mabus added that even the Navy’s research and development programs are at risk at getting delayed.

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. wrote that some of the programs that will be affected by the automatic budget cuts are the 10 DDG-51 Aegis destroyers, the Ohio-class nuclear missile submarine replacement, V-22 Osprey aircraft and the E-2B aircraft multi-year program.

However, Mabus said the service remains optimistic that the deal to purchase 10 DDG-51 Aegis destroyers for the price of nine will go through. Mabus said that the shipyards “understand the situation.”

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