Ribble Fights for Marinette Marine

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) released the following statement in response to amendments that have been introduced which call into question the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The amendments offered by Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) all subject the LCS program to further attacks and political gamesmanships.

“I am extremely proud of the hardworking and dedicated workers of Marinette Marine and the LCS program. I will continue to defend the Marinette Marine workers who have invested countless hours into the LCS program and rebuff the baseless claims that undermine their work. The LCS-1, built at Marinette Marine, was the first ship of its kind to revolutionize sea combat. Marinette Marine and the Navy followed appropriate protocol  identifying and correcting the small issues that are normal for any newly designed vessel.

“The Navy has been incredibly thorough in its review and testing of the littoral combat ships and took steps to improve them from the prototype. The best example of this is the recent announcement that the USS Fort Worth, which was built in Marinette, passed acceptance trials with high levels of completion. This is no doubt the result of the impeccable work and attention to detail from the workers of Marinette Marine, and I will fight to make sure that they can continue building littoral combat ships for years to come.”