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N.H. senators speak out against more base closings

Apr. 3, 2014 - 08:41AM   |  
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are speaking out against the Department of Defense’s call for a new Base Realignment and Closure round.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management.

At a hearing Wednesday, Ayotte highlighted the national security value of the Kittery, Maine-based Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and studies finding that a 2005 round of BRAC costs dramatically exceeded estimates. She said the Portsmouth shipyard is booked for a number of years to handle maintenance on the attack submarine fleet.

Shaheen said the shipyard and New Hampshire’s economy would suffer if there were another round of base closings at this time. She said the shipyard is home to thousands of New Hampshire jobs.

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