Wisconsin delegation welcomes Navy ship decision

Associated Press

Dec. 12, 2014

GREEN 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 workforce.

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.