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Read the FULL article hereCongressman Dunn says military shouldn't be doing business with Austal (

PANAMA CITY − U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn continues challenging a foreign-owned company connected to a controversy involving a local shipbuilder.

In a news release from Dunn's office, the Republican congressman representing Florida's second district addressed recent news that three senior executives of Austal Limited allegedly "manipulated financial information to cover up not meeting target goals on U.S. Navy projects." He also said the company should not be trusted with government contracts.

The Australian-based corporation is the parent company of Austal USA, an Alabama shipbuilder selected in 2022 over Eastern Shipbuilding for a more than $3 billion U.S. Coast Guard contract.

"The news of Austal executives lying and covering up vital information is not the least bit shocking," Dunn said in the release. "This company has a history of missing deadlines and underquoting costs. I urge the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard to stop working with Austal."