The Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee has approved $74 billion in funding for Navy and Marine Corps projects in the 2022 National Defense Appropriations Act with an eye toward the Pacific. The bill calls for the services to get new missiles and to overhaul shipyards and shipbuilding efforts in Hawaii.
The bill includes an amendment urging the Navy to continue investment in its four public shipyards, including Pearl Harbor, and urges the Navy to keep its Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan on schedule. The committee approved roughly $2 billion in additional programs requested by Navy and Marine commanders.
Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, who has been on the seapower committee since 2015 and became its chair this year, pushed for the inclusion of those amendments and has played a key role in shaping the sea services’ budget priorities.