HJR 3 – FINAL VERSION
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 3
This house joint resolution supports the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five
A RESOLUTION supporting the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the cradle of American shipbuilding, where in 1690 the first naval warship in North America was built; and
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the oldest shipyard continuously operated by the United States government since its establishment in June 1800; and
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has the most experienced personnel in submarine design, construction, modernization, and maintenance and is the top submarine overhaul performer, either public or private; and
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the lead shipyard for Los Angeles class submarine maintenance for the United States Navy, and holds the current cost and schedule performance records; and
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard consistently delivers early and under budget, and the specialized workforce is a national asset that would be difficult if not impossible to reconstitute; and
Whereas, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is one of only 2 nuclear-certified public shipyards on the East Coast, making it an asset to the United States Navy and integral to national and homeland security; and
Whereas, closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is predicted to result in an estimated rise in unemployment in New Hampshire from 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent; and
Whereas, closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will have a devastating economic and fiscal effect on the local communities, the state of New Hampshire, and the region; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
That the New Hampshire general court urges the Base Realignment and Closure Committee to reassess the recommendation and closure plans of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and remove the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from the base closure list; and
That copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Base Realignment and Closure Committee and the New Hampshire congressional delegation.
Approved: July 1, 2005