The MSP program is authorized at
$186 million, with each U.S.-flag
ship costing around $3.1 million.
Jaenichen said cuts to the MSP program exceeding $3.1 million in fiscal
2014 would result in a loss of ships.
There are two separate appropriations bills being floated in
Congress for the MSP. The Senate
bill would give MARAD $186 million for the program in fiscal 2014.
The House would fund the MSP
program at fiscal 2012 levels, or
As Navy Undersecretary
President Barack Obama has nominated Jo Ann Rooney, an attorney
and former Defense Department
official, to replace Robert O. Work
as undersecretary of the Navy.
Rooney now serves as managing
director at the Huron Consulting
Group in Chicago. She served as
principal deputy undersecretary of
defense for Personnel and Readiness
at the Pentagon during 2011-2012.
Rooney formerly served as president of Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., and of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She also is a former tax attorney and served in various executive positions with The
Lyons Companies in Waltham, Mass.
Work departed the Department
of the Navy earlier this year to
become chief executive officer of
the Center for a New American
Security in Washington.
Coming Up …
n The ninth San Antonio-class am-
phibious transport dock ship, Somer-
set, will be delivered by its builder,
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Avon-
dale Shipyard in Avondale, La., to the
Navy on Oct. 18.
n The Bertholf-class National Se-
curity Cutter Hamilton will be chris-
tened on Oct. 26. The cutter will be
homeported in Charleston, S.C.
n The Perry-class guided-missile
frigate USS Ford will be decommis-
sioned on Oct. 31 after 28 years of
service. The retirement of Ford,
based at Naval Station Everett,
Wash., will leave the Navy with 17
frigates. Ford will be offered for
sale through the Foreign Military
Sales program. n
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess and Associate Editor John C.
Marcario contributed to this report.
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