Inside the Battle to Build Warships

Following 10 years of building one of the most sophisticated ships in the Navy fleet, the Littoral Combat Ship, Austal contends for an even bigger prize — the new Navy frigate.

Photos by Mike Kittrell Inside the cavernous Module Manufacturing Facility at Austal USA, a thick sheet of uncut aluminum enters the production line. Fourteen months later, that same piece of metal will exit the 700,000-square-foot facility as part of a module, or a building block, of one of the world’s most…

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