(WASHINGTON) — The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance and repair industry, on Thursday presented Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award. The award is given annually to national leaders who demonstrate exemplary dedication and support for the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.
“The American maritime industry is fortunate to have had Sen. Shelby as a strong advocate in the U.S. Senate throughout his impressive career,” said SCA President Matthew Paxton. “With this award, we recognize Sen. Shelby and his significant contributions and unwavering support for the industry, maritime workers, and the defense sector as he completes his final term.”
As the vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Shelby has been instrumental in support for naval shipbuilding as a critical component of the U.S. defense industrial base. He has also been a strong advocate for the domestic maritime industry as a whole, by voicing his support for the positive impact of U.S. shipbuilding on jobs and the economy throughout the country and in his home state of Alabama.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the Shipbuilders Council of America. The security of the nation must be our top priority, and the maritime industry is a critical part of our national defense. Our shipbuilders provide significant and essential support in the maintenance and modernization of our naval forces, our Coast Guard, and our commercial industry – creating thousands of good-paying jobs and driving economic growth in the process. I look forward to continuing to prioritize the work of our nation’s shipbuilding industry,” Shelby said.
Shelby was presented the Maritime Leadership Award during the SCA annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.
– Shipbuilders Council of America