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    Deputy Defense Secretary Discusses Shipyard Upgrades, Red Hill

    Deputy Defense Secretary Discusses Shipyard Upgrades, Red Hill

    Ambitious modernization efforts at Pearl Naval Shipyard and getting an update on Red Hill defueling efforts were at the top of the agenda of a recent visit by U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who visited Oahu to tour facilities and hold meetings with senior leaders and members of Hawaii's congressional delegation.

    In March the Navy awarded a $2.8 billion contract to -based venture Dragados / Hawaiian Dredging /Orion JV to replace Dry Dock 3 with the yet-to-be built Dry Dock 5.

    “This is the largest investment military construction project in ( Department of Defense ) history that we're doing here, ” Hicks said.

    But the latest markup for a congressional military construction bill proposes $1.5 billion in cuts to military construction, including slashes in funding for the dry dock, leading to concerns about whether the project will stay on schedule. In June, U.S. Rep. Ed Case criticized fellow lawmakers for the cuts during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, where a number of Republicans on the committee have been pushing for spending cuts after a bitter fight over raising the debt ceiling.

    “I can't believe that my colleagues believe that we should throw off this project, considering the national security implications, ” Case said in remarks during a meeting of the committee. “I can't believe that my colleagues would want us to get to 2028 and…

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