The government shut-down hit home for more than 1,700 civilian employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and that could deal a serious blow to the economy of the seacoast region.
The scene outside of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday painted a picture of what thousands of furloughed federal workers looks like you’ll see a long steady stream of cars leaving the base, but just a trickle headed the other way.
A civilian worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has pled guilty to two counts of arson. The Portland, Maine US Attorneys office says 24-year old Casey Fury set fire to the USS Miami on May 23rd, causing extensive damage to the attack submarine.
Five first responders were injured fighting the first blaze.
Fury was hired as a sandblaster and painter at the shipyard.
The parties have agreed to recommend a federal prison sentence of between 15 and 19 years.
Yesterday New Hampshire’s US Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, honored the first responders to the massive fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine.
The blaze caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine, which had come to Portsmouth for an overhaul.
For longtime Seacoast residents, the accident brings to mind the tragedy of the USS Thresher, a nuclear sub based in Portsmouth. Nearly a half century ago, the Thresher sank several hundred miles off the East Coast; all of its 129 crew members died.
Will Defense cuts hit home in New Hampshire? As a national conversation begins over military base closures, there’s a possibility that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be on the list. Seven years ago, that was the case but a fierce fight helped save the Shipyard. We’ll look at how this federal process is starting up and how “at risk” Portsmouth may be this time around.
Yesterday, we showed you a cool infographic created by a team of reporters at Stateline detailing, state-by-state, how a European recession could affect the US export economy. Although New Hampshire wasn’t among the “highest risk” states, it ranked as “high risk.” (You can check out that post here.)