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 2007. Following today’s action by the Senate, this bill will now go to conference committee with the House of Representatives.
Senator Shelby said, “The Senate approved funding for these important defense-related programs that will help to strengthen our national security. These programs are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of our citizens.”
DD(X) DESTROYER - $2.568 billion
This $2.568 billion will be used to procure 2 new DD(X) Destroyers. The DD(X) is built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ Ingalls Operations of Pascagoula, MS, and employs over 1,000 Alabamians.
“The DD(X) destroyer is currently in being constructed as a replacement for the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates and Spruance class destroyers,” said Senator Shelby. “The DD(X) will provide land attack support for ground forces as well as perform anti-air, anti-surface and undersea warfare. As the 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 - $1.135 billion
This $1.135 billion will be used to procure 1 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 Senator 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).”
LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS) - $300.67 million
This $300.67 billion will be used to procure a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) prototype produced by Austal Ltd. in Mobile, AL.
“The Senate approved $300.67 million for continued development of the Littoral Combat Ship program,” said Senator Shelby. “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.”