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Federal furloughs seen keeping submarines at home


The Navy says submarines may not go to sea on time if furloughed federal employees do not return to work soon.

The Day of New London reports that of 250 employees at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair office in Groton, 217 were furloughed after Congress and President Barack Obama failed to reach a budget agreement, partially shutting the federal government.

The workers are involved in all aspects of submarine construction, repair, maintenance and modernization.

The furloughs also affect oversight, technical work and fiduciary functions.

Chris Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Sea Systems Command, said the office cannot certify Electric Boat's work for submarines under construction or for those in the shipyard for maintenance.

Robert Hamilton, Electric Boat spokesman, said a brief shutdown is not expected to significantly impact operations.

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