Government funding bill provides for third Mobile Landing Platform; protects 2,000 shipyard jobs in San Diego
Dec 19 2011
Washington—The federal funding bill approved on Saturday by the Senate includes $424 million for the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), a support ship built at San Diego’s NASSCO shipyard that is a vital part of the U.S. maritime logistics system.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) worked to ensure this critical funding was included in the final bill to prevent up to 2,000 shipyard employees from losing their jobs.
“The funding bill provides for construction of the third and final MLP, which will support 2,000 shipyard jobs in San Diego and capitalize on long-lead financing provided in previous legislation,” said Senator Feinstein. “This will save the Navy as much as $200 million and was one of the major victories that came out of this appropriations process.”
The Navy originally planned to purchase three MLPs over a five-year period, but construction plans were accelerated in an effort to reduce costs. Senator Feinstein worked closely with Senate leadership to highlight the importance of the MLP, both to the Navy and to the San Diego economy.
The third ship was included in both Senate and House Defense Department authorization bills. NASSCO is the last major shipbuilder on the West Coast and employs more than 3,000 skilled tradesmen.