posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 10:50 AM
LPD program in cross hairs ::A multiyear military spending plan recently signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz would reduce the number
of Navy amphibious assault ships being built at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s shipyards in New Orleans and Mississippi to nine from 12, according to
several media reports this week. Funding for the LPD shipbuilding program would end in 2007 when the Navy plans to order the ninth and final vessel in
the series of ships that will carry Marines and their equipment to conflicts around the world, according to the reports. Construction could last
several years beyond that.
The Navy cuts could put jobs at risk at the local Avondale shipyard, where LPDs account for 70 percent of the work. The budget still must receive
the blessing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush before the president submits the spending plan in February to Congress for
consideration. The defense budget reports paint a grim picture, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems President Philip Dur said Tuesday. "Certainly there is
no basis for optimism with the news we have received to date on the shipbuilding budget," Dur said.
He warned that the looming LPD cuts would jeopardize plans by Northrop and the state to spend more than $100 million over the next few years
modernizing Avondale's cranes, equipment and work spaces.By Keith Darcé
LPD 17 Ship Acquisition Team to receive Value Engineering Award;
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