Sep 10 2008

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for South Alabama

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 2009. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, this bill will go to full committee for consideration.

“The funding approved by the subcommittee 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 subcommittee’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.”

DDG 1000 Destroyer - $2.558 billion
The DDG 1000 is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, Miss., 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 - $178 million
This funding 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 Fighters (JSF).”

Littoral Combat Ship - $1.09 billion
This $1.09 billion, which is $170 million over the President’s budget request, will be used to procure two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).  One version of the LCS is produced by Austal Ltd. In Mobile, Alabama.

“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 a single ship configuration up to participation in a Carrier Battle Group,” said Shelby.  “Additionally, the LCS provides the Navy the maneuvrability to operate anywhere.”