Bill devotes more to shipbuilding

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate Armed Services Committee’s $740.5 billion version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act includes a billion-dollar boost in shipbuilding to $21.3 billion, signaling support for the 355-ship U.S. Navy “as soon as practicable.” The legislation, approved June 10 by a 25-2 bipartisan vote, authorizes $1.4 billion more than the Navy’s budget request for shipbuilding. The legislation shifts to the full Senate for debate. (Source: Seapower Magazine, 06/11/20) Pascagoula, Miss., is home of Ingalls Shipbuilding, a major builder of Navy ships.

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