Navy further decreases funding for Kittery shipyard

Posted Nov. 29, 2010, at 12:19 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Already criticized for failing to adequately fund maintenance at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the Navy plans to provide even less funding than it currently does through 2016.

Paul O’Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council, tells the Portsmouth Herald that word came down last week from Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy. O’Connor says McCoy made it clear jobs won’t be eliminated.

O’Connor says a bigger concern is a discussion by congressional Republicans of eliminating earmarks. Senate Republicans, including Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have taken a no-earmark pledge

O’Connor notes that the first phase of a new dry dock to support Virginia-class submarines was funded through an earmark. That leaves the remainder in limbo.

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