Northrup Grumman signs over Pascagoula-built ship

Published 9:30 pm Friday, April 17, 2009

Northrop Grumman has signed over one of its newest and most advanced vessels to the Navy.

Construction of the USS Makin Island began in 2003, but General Manager Irwin Edenzon said on Thursday that Hurricane Katrina delayed work on the ship.

The nearly $2 billion amphibious assault ship is three football fields long — and it’s fuel efficient. It has an electric drive that can save more than 25 percent on fuel costs.

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The Navy will sail the Makin Island to San Diego for a commissioning ceremony in October.