Austal USA is an advanced ship manufacturer, servicer and sustainment provider. Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama with facilities in San Diego, Singapore and Washington, D.C., the company employs approximately 4,000 people and designs and constructs two ship programs for the U.S. Navy – Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (even numbered hulls) and Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). The company’s supplier network includes over 1155 companies across 44 states supporting more than 34,000 U.S. jobs. Austal USA entered the defense market in 2004 and through its innovative ship manufacturing processes, quickly became the fifth largest shipbuilder in North America.