Legislation to expand what type of shipyards are allowed to do naval ship maintenance passed through the House of Representatives on Friday.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Hermantown, allows naval ships to have maintenance done at shipyards besides their home ports. This would give shipyards like Fraser Shipyards in Superior the opportunity to work on naval ships.
The U.S. Navy has a “tremendous” backlog on ship maintenance, and the press release states this would be alleviated if the current restrictions are removed.
“As foreign adversaries like Iran continue to pose a threat to our national security, ensuring our military readiness is more important than ever,” Stauber wrote in a news release. “I know Fraser Shipyards is dedicated to the national security mission of the United States and will serve as a competent service provider to our naval vessels, and I am certain that other shipyards across the Great Lakes are up to the task as well.”
The legislation will now move onto the Senate for consideration.