Sequestration to take bite out of Merchant Marines

(LOS ANGELES) — Spending cuts mandated by sequestration earlier this year will hit the Maritime Security Program on Oct. 1, forcing it to pull about one-third of its 60 militarily useful commercial ships out of service, the Los Angeles Times reported. The program, part of the Merchant Marines, helped provide 95 percent of the cargo supporting the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each ship receives a subsidy of about $3.1 million a year from the government.

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By Professional Mariner Staff