Marinette Marine Corporation, a member of the Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team, recently broke ground for an expansion that will nearly double the size of its main indoor ship construction building.
The ground-breaking is part of the shipyard's parent company's investment in modernizing its U.S. shipbuilding operations. Fincantieri has mapped out a five-year, $100 million plan that will in part support the LCS program. The new building will allow Marinette Marine to build two LCS's concurrently.
Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics are competing to build the next set of LCS. The U.S. Navy recently extended the deadline for a response to its request for proposals from the end of March until April 12th. With a huge investment in space like the one at Marinette Marine and the benefit of the early deployment of the USS Freedom, one might get the impression Lockheed Martin is pretty confident about its chances.