MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Monday, Austal USA announced it has been tasked by the U.S. Navy to build an additional Littoral Combat Ship, the 15th such ship in the class. Austal USA employs 4,000 people at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.

After Austal’s announcement, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement.

“When Alabama’s businesses succeed, Alabamians succeed. Austal USA is a 21st-Century, technology-driven, employer which provides good wages and good opportunities for its employees,” said Gov. Ivey. “Austal is critical to our state’s high-tech military and aerospace manufacturing sector. By adding to its ship order, the U.S. Navy is signaling its confidence in Austal’s products and the employees who build it. Alabama has a skilled workforce that is known for producing high-quality goods. I look forward to more announcements like this one from Austral, as well as other companies that do business in Alabama, because of our trained workforce and our positive business environment.”

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