Washington, DC—After months of hard work, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has successfully secured critical funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the Defense Authorization bill. The bill contains $20.6 million for the Waterfront Support Facility and $9.98 million for the Consolidated Global Submarine Component. The House is scheduled Wednesday to vote on the legislation.
“One of my top priorities since I’ve been in Congress has been to ensure proper funding for the Shipyard” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is critical to our local economy and our national defense. I am delighted this funding has been included in the Defense Authorization bill and look forward to its passage.”
The Waterfront Support Facility will allow the Shipyard to perform maintenance on the next generation of nuclear submarines, the Virginia-class. Being able to perform this function is a crucial component of the Shipyard’s long term mission.
The funding will support the construction of the Consolidated Global Submarine Component Facility. The building will support the maintenance, repair, refueling, and overhaul work. New automated material handling systems and increased capacity will 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.
Shea-Porter, a Member of the Armed Services Committee, has made securing shipyard funding a top priority. Both Congressman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Chet Edwards, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, have toured the Shipyard at Shea-Porter’s request.