Friday, May 13, 2005

Black Friday

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission released its report this morning, and the axe fell on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Today is not the day to attempt to fix blame; in the months ahead, there will be
plenty of time for that discussion. Instead, those of us who serve in public
office must fight to convince the Commission of the benefits of keeping the
Portsmouth facility open, while simultaneously developing a long-term strategy
for the shipyard in the event the closure is approved. By utilizing the same
strengths that have made the Portsmouth shipyard such an important part of our
nation's defense capability, we can ensure that the shipyard remains a key
component of the Seacoast economy for decades to come.

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