Navy faces skeptical lawmakers over LCS program

03/11/2009 | Hill, The

Navy officials testifying before a House panel on Tuesday pressed their case for buying 55 new Littoral Combat Ships, despite open skepticism from lawmakers seeking to trim the Pentagon budget. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said Congress intends to push for more competition in the program and warned lawmakers may withdraw support if costs are not brought under control. The shore-hugging ships built by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics were originally budgeted at $220 million each, but are now expected to come in at $550 million.

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