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Hirono Reaffirms Commitment to Supporting Hawaii’s Shipyard Workforce

Speaks to Over 80 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprenticeship Graduates

HONOLULU – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, reaffirmed her commitment to supporting Hawaii’s shipyard workforce at today’s Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprenticeship Program graduation ceremony.

“Given what’s going on in the world today, the work you’ve been training to do is very important,” said Senator Hirono. “We need workers like you to maintain, repair, and overhaul the ships and submarines in our fleet. I will continue to work together with our delegation to make sure that Pearl Harbor Shipyard remains a strong and vital part of our national security.”

Click on the photo above to watch video from today’s event.

Senator Hirono continues to strongly advocate for federal funding to support the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the modernization of shipyards across the nation. Earlier this year, she worked with Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and others to exempt Navy shipyard civilian employees from the recent executive order that freezes federal hiring –preventing hiring delays that could threaten national security.  

The Senator was joined at today’s event by members of Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation, Senator Brian Schatz and Representative Colleen Hanabusa. 

Senator Hirono meets with Lewis Walters, a Shipyard apprentice on Dec. 7, 1941.

Senator Hirono speaks to a 2017 Shipyard apprentice graduate Justiny M.C. Alimoot.