U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of important funding for South Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2008. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, this bill will go to full committee for consideration on Wednesday.
“The funding approved by the Senate will support important defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby. “These programs are critical to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness and the Senate’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military. Having just returned from Iraq, I know these programs will prove beneficial as we continue the fight against terrorism. In total, this bill provides $459.3 billion for defense-related needs.”
DDG 1000 Destroyer -- $2.807 billion
This $2.807 billion will be used to procure two additional destroyers. The DDG 1000 is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, MS, and employs over 1,000 Alabamians.
“The DDG 1000 destroyer is a replacement for the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates and Spruance class destroyers,” said Shelby. “The DDG 1000 will provide land attack support for ground forces as well as perform anti-air, anti-surface and undersea warfare. As the Global War on Terror takes our servicemembers to various theaters of war, it is critical that they have the best technology available to protect themselves.”
LHA(R) – Amphibious Assault Ship -- $1.377 billion
This $1.377 billion will be used to procure an amphibious assault ship. The LHA is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, MS, and employs over 1,000 Alabamians.
“The Tarawa-class LHA provides the Marine Corps with a superb means of ship-to-shore movement by featuring expanded aviation capabilities,” said Shelby. “The largest of all amphibious warfare ships, the LHA Replacement will have the ability to carry between 20 and 25 of the multi-service, multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).”