December 2, 2023
A littoral fight ship being repaired on the NASSCO shipyard in Barrio Logan. Courtesy of NASSCO

Rep. Scott Peters has launched a invoice that may stimulate the restore of Navy vessels at non-public shipyards on the West Coast.

The Sensible Ship Restore Act, launched within the Home on Monday, would restrict the Navy’s use of presidency docks when area is accessible at non-public shipyards. It covers solely ships that aren’t nuclear powered.

“San Diego is residence to a vibrant ship restore trade that helps the Navy’s drive posture within the Asia-Pacific,” stated Peters. “This invoice will additional strengthen the San Diego-Navy partnership and guarantee San Diego’s ship restore trade stays a number one nationwide safety accomplice as our nation prepares for the threats of the longer term.”

Main San Diego shipyards operated by NASSCO, BAE Methods and Austal USA would all profit from the measure.

Peters stated present practices are a disincentive to private-sector funding within the ship restore market and threaten the labor drive wanted to assist the Navy’s future fleet objectives.

“On behalf of over 3,300 NASSCO San Diego staff, we thank Congressman Peters for his introduction of the Sensible Ship Restore Act of 2023,” stated Dave Carver, president of Normal Dynamics NASSCO.

BAE and Austal additionally expressed appreciation for Peters’ measure, with Austal’s Lawrence Ryder saying the invoice addresses “the necessity for a secure and wholesome protection ship restore industrial base.”