AMP Honors U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter with ‘Champion of Maritime’ Award

 

November 2015

 

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The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) on Sept. 30 recognized U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California) with the coalition’s 2015 Champion of Maritime Award, which honored Hunter “for his extraordinary support and dedication to the American maritime industry.”

 

AMP is a highly regarded coalition with affiliates from all segments of the domestic maritime industry, including the SIU.

 

In announcing the award, the coalition noted, “Rep. Hunter’s longstanding support for U.S. maritime is demonstrated through his work as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and as a member of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. As the first Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan elected to U.S. Congress, Rep. Hunter understands the importance that the maritime industry serves in the everyday lives of our civilians and our service men and women.”

 

“The true champions of maritime are the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled service men and women in the American maritime industry who tirelessly work to protect our waterways – such a strength in defense wouldn’t be possible without the Jones Act,” said Rep. Hunter. “I will continue to vocalize my support for the American maritime industry; one that creates good-paying, family-wage jobs, secures our borders, and fuels our economy.”

 

This past June, Rep. Hunter demonstrated his commitment to the industry when he joined hundreds of veterans and active military personnel at the American Maritime Partnership’s Military to Maritime career fair in San Diego, where he met with men and women looking to transfer their specialized skills earned from the military into careers in U.S. maritime. The SIU participated in that event.

 

“Chairman Hunter has been a tremendously valued champion for the domestic American maritime industry, serving as a leader who truly understands our industry’s critical role to the vitality and security of our nation,” AMP Chairman Tom Allegretti said.  “From his time in the service to his seat as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Congressman Hunter has witnessed firsthand what it takes to sustain a strong maritime industry and because of his dedication, we are honored to provide him with our highest honor: the Champion of Maritime Award.”

 

The U.S. domestic maritime industry is a pillar of our nation’s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards, crewed by American mariners, and owned by American companies, operate in our waters every day, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 American jobs, $28.95 billion wages and more than $92.5 billion in annual economic output.

 

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