Critics: Navy littoral ship program not meeting expectations

Critics of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships say the $400 million vessels still have not met expectations.

The Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette employs about 2,000 people building the ships designed for a variety of missions including combat in shallow, coastal waters. The latest of the warships sails into Milwaukee Sunday ahead of its Nov. 21 commissioning on the city’s lakefront.

Through Marinette, defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. has delivered three of the ships to the Navy — USS Freedom, USS Fort Worth and the USS Milwaukee that’s expected to arrive in Milwaukee.

The Journal Sentinel reports critics say the 380-foot ships haven’t lived up to promises in some key areas.

Six more of the warships are in various stages of construction in Marinette.