Collins receives Congressional Sea Services award
Washington, D.C. — During a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine received the Navy League’s Congressional Sea Services Award for her outstanding contributions in Congress to advance the mission of the nation’s maritime services.
Collins is the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee with oversight of the Coast Guard, and is a member of both the Armed Services Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Collins was selected by the Navy League as the member of Congress who has made the most significant impact upon the sea services during the past year. She joins a group of previous winners including Sens. Daniel Inouye, Thad Cochran, and former Sen. John Warner.
In his remarks, Robert Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, praised Collins’ strong support of the nation’s maritime services, particularly her unwavering advocacy on behalf of the workers at Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.
“Sen. Collins has particularly made her mark in the area of shipbuilding. She has worked tirelessly to support a wide range of initiatives to strengthen our shipbuilding industry and to give our U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps the ships it needs to perform the service that our nation expects of them,” said Under Secretary Work. “The Navy-Marine Corps team, the entire national fleet, the shipbuilding industry is stronger because you have been here for the past 15 years. There is nobody else we could have thought could have been awarded this high honor and it’s not a surprise to me it was a unanimous vote,” Work said.
"I cannot express how deeply honored I am to have been selected by the Navy League for this recognition. As we look to the challenges ahead, we must continue to invest in the fleet and preserve the maritime services’ ability to defend our nation. I promise to remain a strong voice working to ensure the strength of the fleet,” said Collins.
The award that Collins received is actually a compass binnacle from the SS Sioux Falls Victory, a ship that saw duty during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. It is on loan from the U.S. Maritime Administration.