[...] as the Navy seeks to build smaller vessels for coastal patrols and other nontraditional missions, it plans to shift some of its ship construction dollars to smaller yards, officials said. U.S. ship construction facilities in recent years have been modernizing and incorporating more automation and computer-based tools to design and build ships.
Navy Shifts Shipbuilding Dollars to Mid-Tier Yards Grace V Jean; Sandra I Erwin National Defense; May 2009; 93, 666; Docstoc pg. 42 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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