The Navy is looking to eliminate excess infrastructure as available funding for its installations has fallen short of its requirements. The department’s fiscal 2019 budget request includes $153 million to demolish excess infrastructure, Rear Admiral Brian Luther, deputy assistant secretary for budget, told reporters Monday. The request also contains a 12.7 percent capital investment in shipyard depot maintenance, which exceeds the 6 percent legislative requirement. That level of investment demonstrates the department’s commitment to capital investment at its shipyards, fleet readiness centers and Marine Corps depots, Luther said.
“The department continues to take risks in funding installations but mitigates this risk by focusing investments on critical components that directly support warfighting operations and ensure the health and safety of sailors and Marines,” he said.
The department’s $3.0 billion military construction request reflects a 48 percent increase and funds 33 projects for the Navy and 16 for the Marine Corps. “Nearly half are in direct support of the secretary of defense’s lines of effort to increase lethality with new platforms and strengthen alliances through the European Deterrence Initiative,” Luther said.
The other projects are focused on enhancing readiness and warfighting capability. Those include shipyard maintenance projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine, to support submarine force structure and maintenance requirements, such as the new dry dock and extended portal crane rail; and warfighting readiness projects, including a pier replacement at Naval Base San Diego, and a causeway, boat channel and turning basin at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif.
Investment in new platforms and technologies include a submarine propulsor manufacturing support facility at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and the directed energy systems integration lab in Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., he said.
Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Semales