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House Advances Ohio-class Replacement Program

The United States House of Representatives advanced a program vital to the future of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay today by authorizing continued construction on the next generation of submarines.  Construction of additional components has been authorized in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) which will one day replace the existing Ohio-class SSBNs such as those currently homeported at the base.

Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (Ga-01), who represents Kings Bay and Camden County in Congress, has been a leader in the fight for the replacement program.

"This legislation ensures construction on the Ohio-class replacement continues to prevent any interruption in future missions at Kings Bay." Carter said. "The submarines at Kings Bay play a critical role in our nuclear deterrence as the United States continues to face uncertain threats from around the globe. Kings Bay is the elite home to the Atlantic ballistic submarine fleet and I will continue to fight to do everything in my power to make sure this continues."

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House today with Carter's support. The NDAA is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligations to "provide for the common defense." The legislation sets defense policy for the year and offers a $631.5 billion defense spending blueprint. The legislation increases troop pay and benefits, supports missions to defeat ISIS, and restores the readiness of our military.