Ribble Defends LCS Program in Marinette

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon, expressing his concern over an amendment that brings into question the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program in Marinette. Congressman Ribble urged Chairman McKeon not to adopt the amendment, which was accepted last minute by the Seapower and Projection of Forces Subcommittee, to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, .  

“In contrast to the language in the amendment, I believe the Navy has been forthcoming regarding Littoral Combat Ship deficiencies and the corrective actions taken on behalf of the Navy and its industry partners.

“I am grateful you’ve taken the time to visit the Marinette Marine shipyard which built the USS Freedom…I am proud of the quality workmanship achieved by the shipyard’s dedicated workforce. Moreover, I am pleased to see the second LCS ship built at Marinette, the Fort Worth, is nearly 100% complete and is on-budget and on-schedule, an achievement worthy of our recognition.

“I believe effective oversight is absolutely necessary to good governance. On the other hand, I believe the Committee has already received all pertinent information relative to the performance of LCS 1.  I therefore request that as you move forward, you work with your Seapower and Projection of Forces Subcommittee to have this last minute amendment stricken from further consideration and legislation.”

Read Rep. Ribble’s letter to Chairman McKeon