Reps. Shea-Porter & Pingree Secure More Than $9 Million for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) announced that the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288), which has passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes $9,090,000 in funding for improvements to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  This funding was requested and secured by Shea-Porter and Pingree, and includes $7,090,000 for Gate 2 Security Improvements and $2,000,000 for Consolidation of Structural Shops.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed the House 221 to 202. 

“This funding will enable the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to upgrade its security and modernize its facilities,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the best shipyard in the country and I am pleased it will maintain that status.”

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has some of the best workers in the world and it’s important that they have world class facilities to do their work.  The improvements these funds will support are essential to equip the Shipyard for the new Virginia class submarines,” said Congresswoman Pingree.

Further descriptions of what funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be used for are below.

Gate 2 Security Improvements: $7,090,000

To implement anti-terrorism/force protection measures at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS), this is a military construction project to construct a new hardened guard house, active barriers, a permanent privately owned vehicle (POV) inspection shelter, an intrusion detection system, and other security upgrades at Gate 2.  The gate/guard stations are the Shipyard’s first line of defense against terrorist attacks.  Currently, security at Gate 2 is inadequate, and these necessary upgrades would improve security and better protect base personnel, buildings, and vital submarine repair facilities. It is in accordance with the Navy’s 2035 vision.

Consolidation of Structural Shops: 2,000,000

This is a military construction project to consolidate Structural Shop operations located throughout Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  The existing Building 92, Structural Shop, will be modernized and a new annex of 51,484 SF constructed between Building 92 and Building 76 (Forge and Heat Treat Shop).  The Annex construction will maintain the north and south double gable ends of Building 76 due to their historical significance.

As a result of this project, Structural Shop operations will be re-organized and modernized.  Equipment layout will be improved by removing obsolete equipment, relocating existing equipment, and installing new equipment to provide a streamlined process flow.

This project will modernize the existing steel fabrication facility and construct an annex to this facility to further consolidate operations.  It is the second in a series of projects to physically realign the facilities of the Shipyard to better support the operational processes and to implement a parent/satellite shop concept.

The benefits to the Shipyard will be to reduce repair costs, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of the work area, resulting in an overall improvement in the readiness of the submarine fleet.