Navy told to plan for public shipyard improvements

Posted June 15, 2011, at 5:38 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Senators from Maine and New Hampshire have put the Navy on notice that it needs to come up with a plan for infrastructure improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and three other public shipyards.

Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire included language in the fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization Act requiring the Navy secretary to submit a plan no later than March 1.

The Navy announced last March that it would spend about $100 million on upgrades at the Portsmouth.

All told, the Navy estimates a $3 billion shortfall in modernization at the public shipyards, including $513 million at Portsmouth, but the Government Accountability Office says that estimate is too low.

 

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