Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro met with shipbuilders and toured the recently revamped shipyard, where Fincantieri Marinette Marine builds ships for the U.S. Navy. Part of that work – constructing large portions of the hull, then barging them across Lake Michigan to Marinette – is also carried out at the Sturgeon Bay campus.
At the Marinette shipyard, workers are finishing serial production of the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and are about to begin construction of the Navy’s newest class of ships: Constellation-class frigates. The frigates will be larger and more capable than the littoral combat ships, which are produced in partnership with Lockheed Martin.
Del Toro’s visit lends support to one of his core principles – “to strengthen strategic partnerships and relationships, including those with industry.” Those who met with him mentioned his appreciation for the complex shipbuilding environment and its connection to national security.