GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- The Navy is going to bring the USS Dallas back from the brink of retirement and retire the USS Norfolk early.
Both are Los Angeles-class attack submarines. A Navy spokesman said Friday the move will save a projected $10 million, help spread submarine maintenance work across shipyards and help the submarine force meet its mission requirements.
The Dallas, in Groton, Connecticut, was scheduled to be inactivated in fiscal year 2015. The Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia, was not due to be inactivated until fiscal 2017. Those schedules will be swapped. The Navy said it expects the maintenance work required on the Dallas will be less extensive.
The Dallas is 32 years old. The Norfolk, which is 31, is currently overseas on what will now likely be its last deployment.
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