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Metallurgists acknowledge Navy submarine counterfeit steel test results

Washington state metallurgists pleaded guilty to fraud on Monday after spending decades forging the results of strength tests on the steel used to build US Navy submarines. Elaine Marie Thomas, 67, from Auburn, Washington, is responsible for metallurgy at the Tacoma Foundry, where Navy contractors Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding build submarine hulls. Supplied the foundry used for. From 1985 to 2017, Thomas forged the results of strength and toughness tests on the production of at least 240 steels. This is about half the steel the foundry produced for the Marines, according to her judicial transaction filed Monday in the US District Court for Tacoma.