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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

May 14, 2009

Senator Jack Reed honored by ASA

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced yesterday that Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is the 2009 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. This award was presented Wednesday during ASA's Salute to the 111th Congress reception in the Gold Room (2168) of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Senator Reed is a senior Member of the Armed Services Committee, a Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower, and a Member of the Appropriations Committee.

"Senator Jack Reed has dedicated his years in the United States Senate to working men and women who build the finest submarines and surface ships in the world so that American Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and women have the best in executing their missions." says ASA.

"He sincerely appreciates the skills and hard work required to build ships, and understands that saving and creating shipbuilding jobs is critical to America's economic and national security," said Cynthia Brown, President of ASA.

The Herbert H. Bateman Award was established by the American Shipbuilding Association in 2000, which says it " is the shipbuilding industry's highest recognition of an individual in the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, or industry who has demonstrated years of consistent, outstanding, and inspirational leadership in fighting for a stronger shipbuilding industry."


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