Senator Richard Shelby made an important announcement last month that was very good news for our state. The Navy awarded Austal USA a $1.6 billion contract to build ten high-speed military transport ships in Mobile. The work will be a boon to Austal’s shipyard on the Mobile River, which has about 1,000 employees. The company was competing with two other shipbuilders for the job and Alabama was the winner. Senator Shelby said in a news release:
I am pleased that the Navy continues to recognize Austal’s tremendous shipbuilding capabilities. This award enhances south Alabama’s defense community and complements our state’s service to our armed forces.
Austal Ltd. is an Australian-based ship maker specializing in high-speed ferries and transport vessels. It opened its U.S. facility in Mobile in 1999. The Navy’s current acquisition plan calls for building ten vessels between fiscal years 2010 and 2015. The transport ship is designed to quickly move troops and cargo. It will include a flight deck for helicopters and a ramp allowing vehicles to drive quickly off the ship.
Source: Associated Press
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