Wednesday, August 24, 2005

BRAC Spares Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Too

I wasn't following this one as closely, but the BRAC commission has voted to exclude the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from the base closure list as well.
The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted 7-1, with one abstention, to remove the shipyard from the list of closures recommended by the Department of Defense.

"It is the gold standard by which we should measure shipyards," commission Chairman Anthony Principi said.

After a short discussion, the commission voted to keep the base open, rejected the recommendation from the Department of Defense. Principi said that the quality of the work from the shipyard made it important to keep it open.

"I strongly support maintaining the shipyard," he said. "It is a national resource, and it would be a tragedy for this nation to lose."
Bubblehead, who knows much more about this stuff than I do, thought that Portsmouth was going to get closed, so I guess this one comes as a bit of a surprise.

Here's the coverage. (Hat Tip: The Sub Report)


At 1:53 PM, Blogger trr said...

Glad they didn't close it, but I was there '89 and '90 for a refueling overhaul and if it's the GOLD standard, I hate to imagine what run of the mill is!


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