WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following their leadership and advocacy on the Senate Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that the U.S. Navy plans to provide funding for two critical projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The funding includes $25.7 million to conduct critical repairs and improvements to dry dock #3, as well as $7.2 million for engineering and design work related to the construction of a super flood basin for dry dock #1.
“The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard helps to ensure our military preparedness around the world and is an economic engine that drives the economy of southern Maine and New Hampshire.
“We have long advocated for the Navy to address modernization needs at the shipyard and are pleased that they plan to make these important improvements. These repairs will help improve the safety and efficiency of the highly trained, exceptional workforce that performs vital maintenance for our Nation's nuclear submarines,” the Senators said in a joint statement.
Senator Collins serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senators Shaheen, Ayotte, and King serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ayotte serves as the Chair of the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, which oversees public shipyards and military construction.