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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Senate Armed Services Committee News

Senator Reed and Irene Hirano Inouye (Photo: Daniel K. Inouye Institute)

Sen. Reed Honored for Maritime Industry Support

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute honored U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island on Wednesday, May 17 for his long-standing support of the American maritime industry. Joined by dozens of maritime and Senate leaders, Sen. Reed received the Daniel K. Inouye Maritime  Guardian Award for his strong leadership and dedication to the U.S. maritime industry. Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of Sen. Inouye, presented the award to Sen. Reed, whose coastal state of Rhode Island ranks 4th per capita among all U.S. states for American maritime jobs. Sen.

Senator Ayotte Receives Champion of Maritime Award (Photo: AMP)

Senator Ayotte Named 'Champion of Maritime' by AMP

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, recognized U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Thursday with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award. AMP honored Sen. Ayotte due to her extraordinary support and dedication to the American maritime industry. Sen. Ayotte’s longstanding support for U.S. maritime is demonstrated through her work as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Senate Armed Services Committee. As a champion for the maritime industry, Sen.

2016 Champion of Maritime award recipient Sen. Mazie Hirono(D-HI) Photo AMP

AMP Honors Senator Mazie Hirono

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today recognized U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award. Sen. Hirono is honored for her long-standing support and commitment to the men and women of American Maritime in her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Energy. Sen. Hirono understands the critical role the domestic maritime industry plays not just in Hawaii, but also in the nation’s economic, national and homeland security.

Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The senator, a military veteran, also met over breakfast with sailors from Oklahoma serving aboard the aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Ford is under construction at Newport News and scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2016. Lincoln is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at the shipyard until 2016.

Senator John McCain

Sen. McCain Vows Jones Act will be Repealed

Senator John McCain said a more than 90-year-old law that requires ships servicing coastal businesses to be built and mostly staffed by U.S. crews will be repealed sooner or later if lawmakers keep fighting the trade restriction. Oil refiners, and many manufacturers and state governments oppose the Jones Act, saying the requirement increases costs by blocking shipping by cheaper foreign-built and foreign-flagged vessels. The Department of Homeland Security issued a rare waiver of the act in 2012 when superstorm Sandy led to fuel shortages at gas stations on the East Coast…

CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert (U.S. Navy photo by Martin L. Carey)

CNO Presents Navy's Compensation Reform to Congress

Chief of Naval Operations testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) encouraging Congress to accept and implement the Department of Defense budget proposal recommendation to slow growth of service members' pay and compensation. "We cannot sustain our current personnel cost trajectory," said Greenert. Greenert stated both he and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens heard in their travels around the fleet, a vast majority of Sailors and families believe that their compensation matches well with their civilian counterparts.

Navy Cuts One Littoral Combat Ship in 2015

U.S. WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday. The Navy had planned to buy two of each of the different small warships built by Lockheed and Austal in fiscal 2015 and 2016, but it scaled back those orders to three ships a year as a result of budget cuts mandated by Congress.

Washington D.C. (Feb. 28, 2013) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus presents the Department of the Navy's highest award for civilians, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal, to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.

Wicker Honored With Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) yesterday received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Navy for his service in Congress and as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presented the award. “I thank our brave men and women at the Department of the Navy for this tremendous honor,” said Wicker. “I am proud my home state of Mississippi has played a strong and dynamic role in advancing the Navy’s extraordinary legacy. The Navy Distinguished…

Senator's NNS Press Conference: Photo credit HII

HII Host Senator's Shipyard Fact-finding Mission

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for a tour of the its's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. The senator met with shipbuilders to discuss potential defense budget cuts and learned how they impact NNS' maintenance and construction work. "Compared to the sophistication and the quality of the work that is being done here, the decisions that we have to make to get this budget in a better process and to avoid ugly and non-strategic cuts—it's not hard," Kaine said during a press conference following the tour.

CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert talks to tidewater area Sailors during an all-hands call aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

U.S. Navy Treading Water on Shipbuilding

Fleet, Force put Warfighting First: U.S. At the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and with a new Chief of Operations at the helm, the U.S. Navy continues to provide credible combat power with persistent presence around the world. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has set forth his “Sailing Directions” and “Navigation Plan” for the Navy, which sets forth priorities and informs the budget and acquisition process. Meanwhile, the demand signal for the capabilities provided by the Navy and Marine Corps remains strong, and shows no signs of abating.

BIW Secures More Navy DDG-1000 Funding

After months of negotiations, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Sean Stackley, called Senator Susan Collins to tell her that the U.S. Navy and General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (BIW) have reached an agreement for the second and third DDG-1000 that will be built in Bath. Senator Susan Collins, a member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has always been a stalwart supporter of BIW and has fought to secure appropriate funding for the DDG-1000 program.