Navy explores longer sub deployments

In a Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 photo, the commander of the U.S. Navy's submarine force, Vice Adm. John Richardson, is interviewed by The Associated Press at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The Navy is considering extending the length of deployments on attack submarines, but won't say for how long, as it faces rising demands with a fleet that has been shrinking since the end of the Cold War, the commander of American submarine forces says. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

September 30, 2011 11:25:58 AM PDT
The Navy is considering lengthening the standard deployment of attack submarines beyond six months as it faces rising demands with a fleet that has been shrinking since the end of the Cold War, the commander of American submarine forces told The Associated Press in an interview.