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Despite military cutbacks, lawmakers confident LCS program will stay funded


MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - Despite the calls for budget cutbacks in Washington, public officials are saying the work on Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy at Marinette Marine shouldn’t be threatened.

They say the contracts for the first 20 ships have been approved, even if the funding hasn't made it through Congress this year.

As many as 55 of the ships could eventually be built.

Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble says the ships operate with a smaller crew and they are fuel-efficient, so they actually help with reducing Department of Defense costs.

Half of the 20 ships are being built in Wisconsin, with the other 10 at a plant in Alabama.