Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Hails Passage of Defense Authorization Bill, Critical Funding Included for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Washington, DC—Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter successfully secured funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The funding, which is included in the Defense Authorization bill, contains $20.6 million for the Waterfront Support Facility and $9.98 million for the Consolidated Global Submarine Component.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is vital to New Hampshire’s economy and critical to our nation’s defense,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “I am thrilled funding for the Shipyard has been included in the Defense Authorization bill and urge the Senate to quickly pass this important legislation.”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has been a very effective advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which I visited at her invitation earlier this year,” said Congressman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s efforts were instrumental in securing funding for the Waterfront Support Facility in this year’s defense authorization bill.”

The $20.6 million will be used for the Waterfront Support Facility. This will allow the Shipyard to perform maintenance on the next generation of nuclear submarines, the Virginia-class. This function is a crucial component of the Shipyard’s long term mission.

The $9.98 million in funding will be used to construct 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.