Rep. Granger Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, visited Newport News Shipbuilding on Thursday. Granger serves as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

Posted by Eric Haun

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Kay Granger,
R-Texas, on February 23 for a tour of the company's Newport News
Shipbuilding division.

Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin accompanied the
congresswoman on the shipyard tour, which included progress
updates on the aircraft carriers Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and John
F. Kennedy (CVN 79), as well as the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
refueling complex overhaul and the Enterprise (CVN 65)
inactivation. Granger also learned about Newport News' role in
the Virginia- and Columbia-class submarine programs.

"The exceptional shipbuilders at Newport News are vital to
building our Navy's future fleet," Granger said. "It is their
skill and expertise that ensures our nation's nuclear
shipbuilding enterprise delivers what is needed to support our
national defense. In addition, I am pleased by the shipyard's
efforts to control costs on these complex warships because we
must increase the size of our Navy in these dangerous times. This
shipyard and other advanced American manufacturers across the
country are absolutely critical to keeping us safe."

Granger serves as chairwoman of the House Appropriations
Committee's Defense Subcommittee, which provides funding for all
of the Navy's shipbuilding, ship maintenance, and research and
development programs each year. On appropriations, she is also a
member of the State & Foreign Operations and Energy &
Water subcommittees. Granger has received numerous awards for her
support of national defense issues and is the first and only
Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of
Representatives.

"Congressional visits are invaluable," Mulherin said. "They
provide our nation's decision-makers with the opportunity to see
and experience the complexities of our ships, our business and
more importantly, they provide us an opportunity to recognize the
many shipbuilders and suppliers from across the country who
contribute toward their construction. Congresswoman Granger's
commitment to the readiness of our military is clear, and we
appreciate her support and her hard work toward stabilizing the
defense budget."

Feb 24, 2017

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