The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) presented U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) with its Maritime Leadership Award.
The award is presented annually to national leaders or elected officials who demonstrate exemplary dedication and support for the approximately 400,000 men and women who serve in America’s shipyards and throughout the nation’s industrial base.
“Throughout her public tenure, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for the entire American marine industry and especially the hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women who design, build and maintain our national fleet,” said CAS President Matthew Paxton. . “A native of the last frontier, Senator Murkowski knows firsthand the value of a strong maritime sector to our national defense and the transportation of commerce, and this award recognizes her unparalleled leadership and significant contributions to our industry in Alaska and to across America.
Senator Murkowski serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, where she advanced policies to strengthen investments in Navy force structure and Coast Guard shipbuilding programs, as well as build a new full fleet of arctic security vessels.
“Since the founding of our nation, in times of conflict and peace, American shipyards have built and maintained the ships that protect America’s coasts and waterways, transport the brave men and women of the United States military, and secure the national and international trade movement,” said Senator Murkowski. “The current geopolitical situation in Ukraine and the continued security threats from China demonstrate the need for Congress to prioritize investments in expanding the future fleet, in particular building a robust fleet of cutters. polar safety. We must ensure that our military is able to meet the increased demand for their services as the maritime theater becomes increasingly complex. It is an honor to be recognized with this year’s Maritime Leadership Award and I will continue to be a strong supporter of these vital national defense programs.
Senator Murkowski received the Maritime Leadership Award at the SCA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.