April 30, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) announced the release of an additional $3.576 million to keep Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard modernization moving forward. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who succeeded Senator Daniel K. Inouye as chairman of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently toured Pearl Harbor with Senators Hirono and Schatz.

“As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have fought to ensure Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has the resources for sustainment, restoration and modernization. Investments in our shipyards will increase efficiency and boost the morale of the men and women who work there,” said Senator Hirono. “These funds are part of our ongoing work to recognize and support the critical strategic importance of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as our military continues to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.”

“Civilian and military leaders have worked hard to modernize the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and these funds reflect their hard work in demonstrating the value that our continued investment in the shipyard will have for the Navy’s readiness in the Pacific as we rebalance more of our forces to the region,” Senator Schatz said. “There is more work to be done to ensure the shipyard has the facilities and equipment it needs in the future, but this appropriation shows why it was so critical that we passed the Bipartisan Budget Act to move beyond the senseless sequester cuts that threatened the military’s readiness. Senator Durbin has toured Pearl Harbor Shipyard with me and Senator Hirono and seen how important it is to the Asia Pacific. I thank him for helping us make sure this work continues.”

“As I toured Hawaii military facilities and bases last February with Senators Hirono and Schatz, I visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and received briefings on the modernization plan, submarine and surface ship product lines, workforce development and specialized services unique to the shipyard,” said Senator Durbin. “Without a doubt, Pearl Harbor is vital to the support of the U.S. Pacific Command and deserves continued financial support to enhance readiness. Hawaii is the anchor, the center of this Pacific rebalance, and it’s important that as we move forward, we make sure the investment continues.

Funds are allocated as follows:

  • Corporate Server/Data Center Agreement, Windows Server: $600,000
  • Bridge Crane Building 214A, 30-Ton: $626,000
  • Hydrostatic Pressure Test Tank: $950,000
  • Wireless System Phase III: $1,400,000