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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

July 16, 2009

House panel adds two ships to Navy budget

Congressman John P. Murtha, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced today that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense has completed and marked-up the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill.

The subcommittee mark up includes $15 billion for the procurement of 10 Navy ships, two above the request (one DDG-51 Guided Missile Destroyer; one SSN-774 Attack Submarine; four Littoral Combat Ships--one more than request; two Intra-Theater Connector Ships [Joint High Speed Vessels]--one more than request; and two T-AKE Auxiliary Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships). This is the first time since 1992 that the shipbuilding account was funded for 10 or more ships.

The mark up also includes $539 million for the continued development of the DDG-1000 Guided Missile Destroyer.


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