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U.S. Navy secretary makes first visit to Marinette Marine

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer visits Marinette Marine for the first time, June 28, 2018. (Courtesy: Lockheed Martin)

MARINETTE, Wis. (WLUK) -- Navy Secretary Richard Spencer toured Marinette Marine Thursday.

It was Spencer's first visit to the shipyard, which makes one-half of the nation's littoral combat ships.

Spencer spoke with employees and took a closer look at the production of the future U.S.S. Wichita.

Spencer's visit comes at a time when overall LCS production was reduced from three ships a year to two.

"We're looking at our capabilities, when we do that, I have to weigh two things," Spencer said. "One, what we really in the Navy need as far as strategy goes on shipbuilding, and two balance that with the heath of the industrial base."

To date, Marinette Marine has launched and delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy. Two more are scheduled for this year.

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