The short-term spending bill that President Obama signed Wednesday includes approval of a Navy contract to buy 10 specialized combat ships from a builder in northern Wisconsin.
Marinette Marine of Marinette, Wisconsin, will built 10 littoral (close-to-shore) combat ships at no more than $480 million apiece, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
The contract will directly generate about 1,000 shipbuilding jobs in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and thousands more with suppliers and subcontractors, Kimberly Martinez, a spokeswoman for main contractor Lockheed Martin, told the Detroit Free Press.
"What a Christmas gift," George Krah, mayor of Menominee, Michigan, across the Menominee River from Marinette, said to the Free Press.
The Navy also ordered 10 ships of a different design from General Dynamics; they'll be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, according to the Journal-Sentinel.
The littoral (sounds like "literal") combat ships are designed to operate in shallow water for use in such missions as hunting submarines and pirates, the Journal-Sentinel reported.