Keel laid for Virginia-class submarine

The US Navy has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine North Dakota at Electric Boat’s shipyard at Quonset Point. Electric Boat is a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. in Falls Church, Va. The company employs more than 10,000 workers at Quonset and Groton, Conn., where the Navy has a submarine base and school. US Representatives James Langevin of Rhode Island and Joe Courtney of Connecticut have been pushing to prevent a proposed cut in funding for Virginia-class submarine production. The Obama administration’s budget funds one, rather than two, in 2014. The House Armed Services Committee advanced legislation this week that would provide funding for two. (AP)