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Maine's Two Shipyards Brace for 'Sequestration' Cuts
02/19/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

The prospect of looming federal spending cuts has sparked concern over possible job losses at Maine's two shipyards: Bath Iron Works, which builds hi-tech destroyers for the U.S. Navy, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, which repairs submarines. Combined, the two employ about 9,000 people. Eighty-five billion dollars worth of across-the-board cuts - known as sequestration - are due to kick in on March 1 if no compromise is reached, and alarm bells are ringing over the effect this could have on the region's defense-related industries. For more insight on the situation, Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter spoke with Sam LaGrone, online editor at the U.S. Naval Institute's news service.

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Sam LaGrone is online editor for the U.S. Naval Institute's news service in Annapolis, Maryland. He says there are too many unknowns right now to estimate with any accuracy how many ship-building jobs will be under threat if sequestration does go ahead.
 
Click here for the U.S. Navy's take on cuts the sequestration would impose.

Photo:  A rendition of the DDG-1000, a new class of ships currently under construction at Bath Iron Works.


 

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