POLITICS
07/12/2010 06:01 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Navy Weighs Ship's Design, Along With Its Own Future

This summer, the Navy expects to choose between two competing designs for the Littoral Combat Ship, a fast, shore-hugging warship that will take on 21st century missions like chasing pirates and intercepting drug smugglers.

At issue is more than a shipbuilding contract. The contest underscores a broad discussion taking place inside and outside the Navy about the future size and shape of the service's fleet.

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