The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has launched the SOS: Save Our Ships, a national campaign focused on bringing attention to the destructive and unintended effects sequestration and budget uncertainty continue to have on the United States Navy and naval services, as well as thousands of American shipbuilding and ship repair workers.
The U.S. shipyard industry is vital to America’s economic and national security, SCA stressed. In the U.S., private shipyards support over 400,000 jobs; shipyards build, repair, maintain and modernize the most sophisticated Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard vessels in the world. And the shipbuilding industry provides business to a network of parts and equipment suppliers across all 50 states.
“A strong viable Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Ready Reserve Fleet are a defense priority and a strong industrial base is a vital national asset. The key to the US naval security – and to the economic health of the thousands of companies associated with ship construction and repair – is a stable and affordable shipbuilding plan that promotes a healthy industrial base,” said SCA in a release.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Sequestration combined with a continuing resolution puts the US security missions at risk, destroys jobs and does little to resolve the debt crisis, according to SCA.
Cuts to the shipbuilding and repair industry will impact:
- Freedom of the Seas
- Economic Prosperity
- Humanitarian Assistance
- Technological Investments
- U.S. Jobs
“We understand the pressing need for the nation to get its fiscal house in order. DOD should do its part, but it is imperative we do so in a coherent and thoughtful manner to ensure appropriate readiness, warfighting capability, and forward presence – the attributes we depend upon from our Navy,” said Admiral Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations. (HASC Hearing testimony, September 18, 2013)
EFFECTS OF SEQUESTRATION AND A CONTINUING RESOLUTION
- 34 OF 55 NAVY SURFACE SHIP MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS CANCELLED
- $950 MILLION IN MAINTENANCE LOSSES IN FY14
- 30 FEWER SHIPS IN 2020 NAVY FLEET IF SEQUESTRATION CONTINUES
- 8,000 SHIPYARD JOBS AT STAKE
Press Release, December 5, 2013