U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan Earns Shipbuilders Highest Honor – The Maritime Leadership Award
WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, today honored U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award. The award is given annually to national leaders who demonstrate exemplary dedication and support of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.
“Throughout his entire career, Sen. Sullivan has long recognized the critical role shipping, shipbuilding and repair have across the entire U.S. economy and especially in his home state of Alaska. His experienced voice has championed and advanced our industry, the backbone of economic and national security, in unprecedented ways. The more than 650,000 men and women of the domestic maritime industry honor him today for his service, commitment and unwavering leadership,” said Matthew Paxton, president of SCA.
Since joining the Senate in 2015, Sen. Sullivan has served as a maritime champion on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Last year, Sullivan authored and led the two-year reauthorization of the U.S. Coast Guard. The legislation is crucial to authorizing the continued recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s fleet as the service begins construction of six Polar Security Cutters and 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters, and works to finish construction programs for the new National Security Cutters and Fast Response Cutters.
During the recent markup for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed out of SASC last week, Sullivan helped secure language authorizing $21.3 billion for the construction of new U.S. Navy submarines, amphibious ships, destroyers, and other vessels.
“I want to thank SCA President Matthew Paxton, the SCA board and all of SCA’s members for this prestigious honor and for your work advocating on behalf of a robust shipyard industrial base,” said Sen. Sullivan. “From authorizing the first new icebreakers in a generation, $21 billion this coming fiscal year in defense shipbuilding, and the intent to reach a 355-ship Navy, we are renewing America’s command of the high seas, and the men and women of our shipbuilding sector will be crucial to bringing that goal to fruition. I’m glad to be a part of this collaborative effort that strengthens our national security, supports a stronger economy and thousands of jobs, including many in the great maritime state of Alaska.”
Sen. Sullivan was presented the Maritime Champion Award virtually during the SCA annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels. The Council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 82 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 87 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry. You can learn more by visiting www.shipbuilders.org.