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New Marines hovercraft sees ‘significant’ cost increases
The Ship-To-Shore connector program has seen its total per-ship cost, which includes research, development and procurement amortized over a 72-vessel program, increase more than 18% to about $64 million, according to newly disclosed Navy figures.

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Alabama ship builder gets Navy contract to develop autonomous prototype
The U.S. Navy contract applies to EPF-13, the future USNS Apalachicola, a ship that is already under construction. It follows a years-long effort by Austal executives to pitch the transport ships it builds in Mobile as a flexible platform that could be adapted to a variety of specialized missions.

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