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North Kingstown, R.I. - The U.S. Navy has held a keel-laying ceremony for a submarine under construction at Electric Boat's Rhode Island manufacturing plant.
Navy officials called the keel-laying at Quonset Point a milestone in the construction of the Virginia-class submarine North Dakota.
U.S. Reps. Jim 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 this week passed legislation that would provide funding for two.
- Associated Press