PASCAGOULA, Miss. – On the day the amphibious-assault ship Makin Island (LHD-8) was delivered to the U.S. Navy here, the president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding defended his work force’s craftsmanship skills against recent accusations by lawmakers and other critics. “It misplaces the discussion to say it’s a craftsmanship issue,” Mike Petters told reporters April 16. “This is about making sure you have requirements set right.” Northrop’s shipyards are among those under fire from ...


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