Bill moving through Senate has some good news for Ingalls Shipbuilding

A bill that could bring a contract for three more Coast Guard cutters to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula was approved by a Senate committee today.

A release from Sen. Roger Wicker’s office said the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill, which was passed by the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, contains a provision written by Wicker that would authorize the Coast Guard to seek a multi-year contract for three National Security Cutters. Wicker is a senior member of the committee.

Ingalls in December delivered the $487 million cutter Munro to the Coast Guard and it is building two more — the Kimball, due in 2018, and the Midgett, which is expected to deliver in 2019. The Munro was the sixth cutter built on the Coast.