Big Contract For Ingalls

There's good news tonight for Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula. Northrup Grumman Ship Systems has been awarded a nearly two billion dollar Navy contract to build four Aegis guided missile destroyers. The contract extends through the year 2010.

It includes building four ships initially, with an opportunity to bid on a fifth. Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott praised the contract, saying it helps meet America's long term security needs, and provides a solid employment base for the Pascagoula shipyard.