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Springfield, VA – According to an internal report from the Navy Times, more than 10,000 welded joints on at least eight submarines and a new aircraft carrier require re-inspection after a Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding inspector admitted to falsifying inspection reports.
10,000 Welds Re-Inspected- 6/4/2009
According to the report, the ships worked on by the inspector included the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Missouri, California, Mississippi, Minnesota and John Warner, and the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush. Bush, North Carolina and New Hampshire are in service; the other subs are in various states of construction at Newport News and at the General Dynamics shipyards in Groton, Conn., and Quonset, R.I.
The inspector performed most of his work on the New Mexico (2,133 welds inspected), Missouri (3,169), California (2,002) and Mississippi (2,177). Only 23 welds on New Hampshire and two on North Carolina were inspected by the employee. The inspector also performed 229 piping joint inspections on submarines. A little more than 10 percent of the submarine welds were hull integrity, or SUBSAFE, joints involving critical parts.
An immediate company review of the inspector’s work found that 12 other joints inspected by the employee were satisfactory. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service began its own investigation on May 20.
Read the full story at navytimes.com.