Individual letters from citizens against the recommendation to close Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Page: 2 of 5
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
8/18/05 2 0
As you prepare to make your recommendations to the President on
the bases to be closed I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I
believe the Portsmouth Shipyard should be the last to close. As you can see I
have attached an article taken from the Washington Times paper. This alone
is a warning shot that should tell us to keep our guard up by keeping our
ships ready, willing and able to respond to any crisis abroad. If they are
sitting at pier side to be overhauled we become venerable. This is not what
we want or expect from our armed forces. I have worked at the yard close
to 37 years. In fact this February of 2006 I will be retiring. Therefore, I have
nothing to gain from writing this letter except to tell you that this yard is the
best in the WORLD at what it does. Repairs, overhauls, nuclear submarines
along with any other work the Navy request this yard to do. At the end of
this September 2005 the Portsmouth Shipyard will have met it's Net
Operating Report (NOR) for the 8 year in a row. No other yard has come
close to achieving this. Also, during the war in Iraq the Navy commended
this yard for what they call ordinances on target (OOT). How well did the
equipment work that the navy paid for. We were told that the navy was
Time will judge all of us for the decisions we make in the coming
weeks ahead, I feel confident that based on our record, dry dock capacity,
too much work ahead for the other yards to handle, world events unfolding
at a rapid rate that you to will see that this yard is a vital asset to the navy.
We have achieved nearly every goals set by the navy in the last eight years.
Why else would so many retired Admirals testify, in favor of keeping the
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard open?
15 Creation Lane
York, Me 03909
Here’s what’s next.
This letter can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Letter.
Individual letters from citizens against the recommendation to close Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, letter, August 25, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc23161/m1/2/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.