Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne plans to talk with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Wednesday about preventing cuts to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Some of those vessels are built at Austal USA in Mobile.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has proposed canceling the construction of 20 ships, more than a third of the original order. FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip spoke with Rep. Byrne Tuesday to find out the argument he’ll make to keep construction at Austal USA on course.
Byrne said, “The option of keeping the LCS as a small surface vessel for the Navy with perhaps some modification is not only the cheapest alternative, the one that can get us the best and the quickest but it’s also the best militarily”. Grip asked, “And it wouldn’t make the ship any more expensive?,” to which Byrne replied, “It depends on what the modification is. It might make the ship more expensive, but it’s far, far, far more expensive to start all over from scratch and design a brand new ship”.
Byrne is a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.