Oct 07 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTH ALABAMA

Defense Appropriations Bill Passes Senate by Vote of 97-0

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Senate approval of important funding for South Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2006. Following today’s action by the Senate, this bill will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Senate approved funding for these important South Alabama defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security. In total, this bill provides $490.2 billion for new defense-related needs, including $50 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror.”

“As we continue to look for ways to reduce our nation's spending in light of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we must also ensure that funding is provided for important priorities, such as our national defense.”

DD(X) DESTROYER

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $765.992 million for the DD(X) destroyer. The DD(X) destroyer is currently in the construction phase and will replace the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates and Spruance class destroyers. The DD(X) will provide land attack support for ground forces as well as perform anti-air, anti-surface and undersea warfare.”

LHA(R) – AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP

Senator Shelby said, “The Tarawa-class LHA provides the Marine Corps with a superb means of ship-to-shore movement by featuring expanded aviation capabilities. 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). I am pleased that our bill includes $150.447 million for this important vessel.”

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP

Senator Shelby said, “The committee approved $440 million for continued development of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The LCS represents an important capability for the Navy and will give our naval forces a new, transformational system with the ability to network manned and unmanned air and sea assets from the single ship configuration up to participation in a Carrier Battle Group. Additionally, the LCS provides the Navy the maneuverability to operate anywhere.”

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