Panetta to visit Connecticut shipyard Thursday

The Defense Department’s annual industrial base assessment, which was released last month, found warship and aircraft manufacturers also face challenges going forward with the number of ships being produced.

“While U.S. shipbuilders produce the most capable warships in the world, the number of Navy ships being built each year is very low when compared to the number of ships being produced each year by the leading international shipyards,” the department told lawmakers. “A low volume of production makes it extremely difficult for U.S. shipyards to match the improvements in technology and productivity seen in the international shipyards.”