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Navy Nuclear-Powered Surface Ships: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress

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Publication Date: May 2009

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RL33946

Topic: Military and defense (Military equipment and weapons)

Abstract:

Some Members of Congress, particularly on the House Armed Services Committee, have expressed interest in expanding the use of nuclear power to a wider array of Navy surface ships, especially the Navy's planned CG(X) cruiser. The Navy wants to procure the first CG(X) in FY2011, and is currently studying design options for the ship, including the use of nuclear power.

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