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U.S. Maritime Industry Is Vital to nation's Defense, Air Force General Says

U.S. TRANSCOM Commanding General William Fraser III said maintaining a strong domestic maritime industry is critical to the defending the homeland, describing the sector as the "fourth arm of defense." The Air Force General's remarks came at a National Maritime Day celebration at the Washington Navy Yard.

"Maintaining a national maritime industrial base and strong partnerships with the commercial maritime industry is critically important to the Department of Defense," Gen. Fraser said. "A strong commercial American industry is particularly important during times of budget cuts."

Today, the maritime industry is the most economical form of domestic transportation, moving more than 1 billion tons of cargo annually at a fraction of the cost of other modes.  This efficient transportation mode helps the economy run smoothly and sustains nearly 500,000 jobs.  It is also good for the environment as ships and tug/barge units use less fuel and produce fewer emissions than land-based modes of transportation.

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"Maintaining a national maritime industrial base and strong partnerships with the commercial maritime industry is critically important to the Department of Defense," Gen. Fraser said. "A strong commercial American industry is particularly important during times of budget cuts."

Today, the maritime industry is the most economical form of domestic transportation, moving more than 1 billion tons of cargo annually at a fraction of the cost of other modes.  This efficient transportation mode helps the economy run smoothly and sustains nearly 500,000 jobs.  It is also good for the environment as ships and tug/barge units use less fuel and produce fewer emissions than land-based modes of transportation.

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