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Suddenly There's Another Littoral Ship in Trump's Budget Plans

  • White House, Navy rush to add an extra ship and funding for it
  • Adding a ship would guarantee one each for Lockheed, Austal
The U.S. Navy's USS Coronado littoral combat ship sits berthed at the IMDEX Asia 2017 maritime defense show in Singapore on May 16, 2017.

The U.S. Navy's USS Coronado littoral combat ship sits berthed at the IMDEX Asia 2017 maritime defense show in Singapore on May 16, 2017.

Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

The White House budget office and the Navy are rushing to find an extra $600 million to buy a second Littoral Combat Ship after including only one in the budget that President Donald Trump proposed this week.

Allison Stiller, the Navy’s acting weapons buyer, disclosed the unusual budget maneuver Wednesday at a House Armed Services seapower panel whose members are sympathetic to adding more of the vessels made in competing versions by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal Ltd. A second ship would guarantee that each company will get to build one, keeping both of their shipyards running.