NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 09, 1976
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(Studio) Today 1 of big private builders of United States Navy ships says it wants no more orders for military ships.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) (Defense Department film shown.) Report on building of Navy ships and why Newport News Shipbuilding Company no longer wants to build Navy ships; reasons cited. [Company President J.P. DIESEL - says it's not bluff; sees no reason to take further orders from Navy.] At Pentagon, reaction mixed; Undersecretary of Navy says compromise must be worked out. [Undersecretary David MacDONALD - says matter must be resolved because it could affect national security.] Hardliners led by Admiral Hyman Rickover say tough policy with shipyd. needed. Ford administration has told Rickover to stay out of matter, but Carter has said he was greatly influenced in life by Rickover, so Rickover's influence with new administration may have some effect.
REPORTER: John Cochran