Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the Navy’s designated lead shipyard for submarine overhaul, modernization and repair and holds multiple records for low coast and ahead of schedule performance. It’s considered the “best” submarine shipyard in America.
Brunswick Naval Air Station is the only operational airfield on the East Coast equipped to handle the Navy’s new P8 (the successor to the Orion P3 currently based there). The base has a new control tower, runway, barracks and a hanger for the P8. It’s ready to take on the current needs of the department of defense.
The recommendation from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission to move our operations from Brunswick to a base in Florida means Jacksonville would have to build these facilities. The decision by BRAC to close Portsmouth and realign Brunswick makes no logical sense. Strategically, which is what the military should really be focused on, BRAC’s recommendations are the worst possible proposals for national security.
Economically, it will be devastating for Maine. Communities will be broken, businesses will close and relationships will be severed. America needs the good will of her people behind our military.
The governor and the congressional delegations from New Hampshire and Maine are fighting for our workers, our economies and our nation by presenting the case to the BRAC commission to keep these facilities open. The governor has made this fight his “top priority.”
They understand the importance to the security of the world by keeping these facilities fully operational. Write letters to the BRAC commission at 2521 South Clark St., Suite 600, Arlington, Va. 22202. We need them to understand that their decision will affect the world, not just Maine.
Ramona du Houx