Top U.S. military chief sees Portsmouth shipyard up close
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with officials at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base.
Dempsey also received a tour of the nation’s oldest shipyard and was briefed on the status of repairs to the USS Miami submarine that was badly damaged in an arson fire last year.
She said as far as the delegation knows, it is the first time a chairman of the Joint Chiefs as ever been to the shipyard or the guard base and it was an honor to have Dempsey in the state.
Ayotte said it was necessary to highlight the importance of New Hampshire, the shipyard, and the guard base in the defense of the nation, and for Dempsey to hear firsthand from workers.
She said the delegation is often talking about the performance of the shipyard and guard base, but to see it in person gives it more impact.
“There are no better spokespeople for those programs and for what is done in New Hampshire than the people on the ground, the workers on the shipyard he got to meet and see for himself, the members of the Guard he got to meet … nothing can replace hearing directly from the people who serve our nation every day, so I think that hearing from them is the best type of feedback he can get,” Ayotte said.
“I think General Dempsey was impressed by the extraordinary work ethic of the men and women at Pease and the Shipyard, and he realized how much the local communities support the men and women who serve,” Shea-Porter said.
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