Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen: Defense Bill Includes Pease And Shipyard Funding

Dec 9, 2014

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2013
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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia Class submarines and funding at the shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine.

Funding also is included for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program at Pease. The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

The bill also authorizes funding for infrastructure upgrades and facilities construction at Pease Air National Guard Base.

The U.S. House approved the bill last week; the Senate is expected to take up the legislation as soon as this week.