"Focus on York County" piece on William McDonough, former commander of Portsmout
"Focus on York County" piece on William McDonough, former commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) and head of the Seacoast Shipyard Association, which is working to keep the Kittery yard off the Pentagon's base closure list. PNS employs 4,800 people, 2,951 of them in Maine. The yard delivers reconditioned submarines faster and more cheaply than other yards, according to the association. The Department of Defense will soon release a list of bases recommended for closure in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. In an interview, McDonough notes that four of eight naval shipyards have closed, and that the two private yards that could pick up nuclear repair work if more bases close are inexperienced. He says PNS frequently acts as the "brains" and farms out work to other yards. He discusses the support of U.S. senators, how jobs would not come back to any great degree if the yard closed, and how ideas such as the yard taking on work unrelated to ships will be presented to the Department of Defense.
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Donahue, Sean, ""Focus on York County" piece on William McDonough, former commander of Portsmout" (2005). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 3061.