Sep 16 2010

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for South Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Committee approval of important funding for South Alabama included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2011. Following today’s action by the Committee, this bill will go to the full Senate for consideration.

“The funding approved by the Committee will support critical defense-related programs that strengthen our national security,” said Shelby.  “These programs are vital to the stability of our nation’s military infrastructure and readiness, and the Committee’s approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens and the strength of our military.

DDG 1000 Destroyer - $536.2 million

The DDG 1000 is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, MS, and employs over 2,400 Alabamians. The $536.2 million is for the research and development work for the DDG 1000.

“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 - $950 million

This funding will be used for beginning construction of LHA 7 in fiscal year 2011.  The LHA is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, MS, and employs over 2,400 Alabamians.

“The America-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).”

KC-X Tanker - $538.87 million

This funding will be used for the KC-X tanker replacement program.

“It is important that funding has been included in the Defense bill to ensure a timely procurement process for the tanker replacement program,” said Shelby. “This program is long overdue and our men and women in uniform are flying tankers older than they are. It is my hope that a decision will be made this Fall and our warfighters will be able to know that they will be receiving the most capable airframe available.”