Shea-Porter Secures Provision for Shipyard Funding in House Defense Bill

$10.63 Million Would Build New Submarine Component Facility

Washington , DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced that her request for $10.63 million in funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been approved by the House Armed Services Committee. The inclusion of this project in the National Defense Authorization Act is a significant milestone toward appropriating funds for this priority project at the Shipyard.

The authorization would allow Congress to fund the construction of the Consolidated Global Submarine Component Facility. The new building will support the maintenance, repair, refueling, and overhaul of nuclear submarines. It will utilize automated material handling systems to further improve the efficiency and safety of the yard. The facility will house materials for both the older Los Angeles-class submarines, and the new Virginia-class vessels.

Last year, Shea-Porter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, successfully secured $1.2 million for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Submarine Dry Dock Support Facility. Earlier this year, leading the effort to bring critical projects such as the Waterfront Support Facility improvements to the naval base, Shea-Porter invited Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) to the Shipyard where he was able to assess the needs of the base.

“Helping the Shipyard, and protecting the jobs of the people who work there, is one of my top priorities,” said Shea-Porter. “The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is doing stellar work for our nation’s defense, and I will continue to make sure that it is here permanently.”