Admiral: Repair Work by Private Yards Won't Be Cut

April 11, 2013

Almost all $287 million in local Navy ship repairs that were in danger of being cut no longer are on the chopping block, a senior Navy official said Wednesday - good news for thousands of skilled waterfront workers whose jobs were in jeopardy.

The Navy has warned for weeks that maintenance contracts with private shipyards on 11 warships could be canceled as it figured out how to trim $4.6 billion over the next six months, cuts required under federal belt-tightening known as sequestration.

Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy secretary of the Navy for the budget, said that nine of the ships scheduled for overhauls in Hampton Roads will be fixed in coming months, and that most maintenance at other shipyards in the U.S. and overseas will occur.

Scheduled repairs on eight other ships, including two in Norfolk, are not yet funded, Mulloy said, but he said he anticipated putting them back on schedule later this year. He said the two local ship projects still in jeopardy - the amphibious assault ship Wasp and the patrol ship Shamal - aren't due in the yards until September.

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