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Navy chief committed to ship program

Marinette Marine gets confidence vote on littoral combat vessels

9:15 PM, Sep. 13, 2013
Workers listen as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talks about his support to continue purchasing littoral combat ships, despite budgetary concerns. Workers listen to U. S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talk about the Littoral Combat Ship program, during his visit to Marinette Marine Corporation, Thursday, September 12, 2013. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Workers listen as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talks about his support to continue purchasing littoral combat ships, despite budgetary concerns. Workers listen to U. S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talk about the Littoral Combat Ship program, during his visit to Marinette Marine Corporation, Thursday, September 12, 2013. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he is committed to plans to buy more than 50 littoral combat ships despite budgetary concerns and questions about their cost.

Mabus spoke Thursday at Marinette Marine Corp., where four of the ships designed to operate in shallow waters are under construction, according to Press-Gazette Media. Funding has been secured for three more.

"I use this program as an example of what can be done and how something that was, at the beginning, costly and had some problems, but working together we've lowered that cost dramatically," Mabus said. "We're absolutely committed ...

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