(WASHINGTON) — Following President Biden’s proclamation for National Maritime Day, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on Friday released the following statement in recognition of the proclamation and recognized the historic confirmations of the first two female admirals to lead the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration (MarAd):
“National Maritime Day allows our nation to take a moment to salute the exceptional men and women who build, man and crew our vessels, and the hundreds of thousands more who have traversed the waters before them. In this historic moment, we also recognize and congratulate the first two female leaders to hold the positions of commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan and MarAd Administrator Rear Adm. Ann Phillips have broken many barriers throughout their careers to rise to the highest ranks in their respective careers, and we look forward to working closely with them to continue to strengthen the American maritime sector and grow our domestic fleet,” said Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America.
About the Shipbuilders Council of America
Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America’s fleet of commercial vessels. The council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 82 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 87 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.