Navy secretary says he's committed to ship program

CREATED Sep 13, 2013

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MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says he is committed to plans to buy more than 50 littoral combat ships despite budgetary concerns and questions about their cost.

Mabus spoke Thursday to workers at Marinette Marine Corp.

Press-Gazette Media reports that four of the ships designed to operate in shallow waters are under construction at Marinette Marine Corp. Funding is secure for three more.

Mabus says the ships are the future of the Navy.

He also says the per-ship cost is decreasing as more are built and is eventually expected to be about $393 million. The first littoral combat ship built at Marinette Marine cost $750 million.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com