BAY, Wis. — Members of Wisconsin's congressional
delegation are welcoming the Defense Department's
decision to upgrade rather than cancel the littoral
combat ship program.
Marinette Marine is one of two facilities that
produce the ships. The shipyard on the Menominee River
has six in production and employs about 2,000 people.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells Press-Gazette Media the
Pentagon's decision is great news for Wisconsin's
shipbuilding industry because there will be no break in
production or disruption for the Marinette Marine
The Navy now plans a mix of 52 littoral combat ships and
a new class called the small surface combatant ship,
which will have better electronic defenses and armor,
and improved sonar and electronic warfare systems.
Rep. Reid Ribble says Marinette Marine will have the
inside track to build them.