Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rebuilding Sea Services Would Help This Region

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rebuilding Sea Services Would Help This Region

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Pittsburgh has long been a source for the materials and equipment necessary for our national defense. The propulsion equipment for submarines and aircraft carriers comes from manufacturers in the Steel Valley, as it has for generations. A strong fleet ensures freedom of the seas and guarantees the level of commerce needed to ensure a robust economy.

In critical global areas, freedom is being challenged. China's influence in the southwestern Pacific is already being felt by our trading partners. A resurgent Russian naval influence is the result of their leaders trying to regain what they lost at the end of the Cold War. The reappearance of Russian surveillance ships near America's submarine bases is definitely a concern for a Navy that is already resource-strapped with existing obligations in the prolonged conflicts in the Middle East. …

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