Dec 19 2009

Shelby Announces Defense Funding for South Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), 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 2010. Following today’s action by the Senate, the bill will go to the President for his signature.

“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.”

DDG 1000 Destroyer - $1.38 Billion
The Peripheral Vertical Launching System and Deckhouse for the DDG 1000 are built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – Gulf Coast.  Northrop Grumman’s operations on the Gulf Coast employ over 2,000 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 - $170 Million
This funding will be used for advance procurement to support a construction start of LHA 7.  The LHA is built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – Gulf Coast and employs over 2,000 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 - $1.08 Billion
This funding will be used to procure two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in fiscal year 2010.  One version of the LCS is produced by General Dynamics and 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.”