NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Coast Guard officials are marking the completion of major upgrades to the waterfront at Naval Station Newport.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Adm. Linda Fagan, who commands the Coast Guard’s First District, and other officials gathered at the site Monday for a ribbon cutting.
Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, secured more than $30 million in federal funds for the Coast Guard and Navy to upgrade the waterfront area and construct a new building to support Coast Guard Buoy tenders in Newport.
The project also included building a parking area and storm water management system, demolishing another building, installing new mooring hardware, paving, dredging and extending a wall.
“Today we have a permanent facility that will allow the berthing of at lease 3 CG ships, probably 4, indefinitely,” Reed said. “That means we’ll have the benefit of the economic power of these ships and their crews and the work. But more importantly, we’ll have these great young CG men and women protecting us, protecting our boating our fishing our commerce.”
He says the improvements are critical for the Coast Guard personnel who defend the nation’s coastline and for other agencies using the station.