LCS Program Could Be Cut Short

LCS Program Could Be Cut Short

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Most of us see Austal USA's large buildings when traveling back and forth across Mobile Bay.

Inside nearly 4,000 employees are busy at work. A Navy contract has Austal building Littoral Combat Ships, but that could soon change.

"The Littoral Combat Ship is certainly critical in a lot of people's opinions to the future of the Navy," said County Commissioner Connie Hudson.

She's aware that the Department of Defense may soon be putting a stop to the LCS program.

"There are a probably a lot of discussions that will take place in the coming months and I know that we have a lot of support for that program so you know I was not depressed when I first heard it because I know there is a lot that will happen between now and the final budget plan that we see," said Hudson.

The original contact has Austal and second company building 52 Littoral Combat Ships. If the cuts are made that number will drop to 32. With a loss of 20 ships employees could be looking for work elsewhere.

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