Future uncertain for HII's Gulfport shipyard

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There are questions about the long term future of roughly 700 shipbuilding jobs in Gulfport. Here's why: The Navy is trying to cut costs. So, it wants its next destroyers to be built with steel.

That's a problem in Gulfport because the Ingalls plant on Seaway Road builds ships with a slightly more expensive composite material.  Consequently, when Ingalls workers complete the deckhouse for a new destroyer next spring, their jobs could be in jeopardy.

An Ingalls spokesman says the company is disappointed Gulfport lost the destroyer contract. He also acknowledged, "The company is currently evaluating the future utilization of this facility based upon the U.S. Navy's decision."

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.