Senate panel OKs $17.2M for shipyard

Posted Aug. 01, 2010, at 9:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee, has worked to successfully secure $17.2 million for improvements at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the funding and it is included in the fiscal year 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill.

“The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery is consistently the Navy’s best performing public shipyard. Its dedicated and talented work force often return boats to the fleet under budget and ahead of schedule,” Collins said.

“A strong shipyard is also critical to Maine’s economy, as it currently employs more than 4,000 civilians who live, work and shop in the York County area. This funding will help modernize the existing steel fabrication facility and will ultimately allow for each submarine to be returned to active duty five days earlier with the Shipyard realizing an average an-nual savings of approximately $6 million per year for the American taxpayer. Once completed, the project will result in a 30 percent reduction in energy costs for the new facility-again, saving taxpayer dollars.”

The House version of the bill had $11.9 million for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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