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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Congratulates Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprentice Graduates

This afternoon at the Historic Hickam Officers Club, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard delivered congratulatory remarks at a ceremony honoring 135 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility apprentice program graduates.

tulsi-pearl-harborThe congresswoman serves on the House Armed Services’ Sea Power and Projection Forces Subcommittee and spoke about the importance of the journeymen’s service and their work to care for the military’s aging ships, especially with the United States’ focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

tulsi-pearl-harbor2The Shipyard’s Apprentice Program is a partnership between the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Honolulu Community College. The program prepares students for Shipyard careers by combining academic study with paid work experience. This year’s graduating class includes journeymen in nineteen different trades.

tulsi-pearl-harbor3The Shipyard is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in Hawaiʻi with a combined civilian and military workforce of over 5,000.  Strategically located in the mid-Pacific, the Navy’s largest ship repair facility between the West Coast and the Far East is about a week of steam time closer to potential regional contingencies in East Asia than sites on the West Coast.