Wisconsin shipbuilders get tentative funding
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved spending $1.8 billion for four new warships from shipbuilders in Wisconsin and Alabama.
Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl says the Senate Defense Appropriations Bill for the next fiscal year contains $1.8 billion for the construction of four littoral combat ships. The committee approved the bill Thursday.
Kohl's office says two of the ships would be built by Marinette Marine of Marinette, Wis., and the other two by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
The funding follows the U.S. Navy's commitment to buy 20 of the advanced combat ships, 10 from each company.
Littoral combat ships can be used to defend ground troops and hunt submarines. They're also designed for quick modification. For example, a ship's anti-submarine package could be quickly swapped out for a mine-warfare package.