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By Christopher P. Cavas, Staff writer
WASHINGTON — Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won’t take place at the end of May as scheduled.
“This decision is based on the need for additional design and certification work required on the submarine's redesigned bow and material issues with vendor-assembled and delivered components,” the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said in a statement.
The delay is a blow to the Virginia-class submarine program, which has built a reputation not only for on-time performance, but for delivering ships in advance of the contracted delivery date.