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Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, right, welds his initials into a plate that will become part of the hull of the USNS John Lewis during ceremonies May 13 at General Dynamics NASSCO in Barrio Logan. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

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NASSCO Lays Keel for First Fleet Replenishment Oiler

shipbuilding: Ship Costs $642M; Program Could Be $8B

General Dynamics NASSCO laid the keel for the first of up to 20 new U.S. Navy oilers — Navy auxiliary ships that refuel fighting ships in the middle of the ocean.

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