KITTERY  — Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could get up to $10 million in infrastructure improvements as part of a bill passed by a committee of the U.S. House.

The money was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday night.

Maine Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the money would be used to fund the rebuilding of the yard’s structural shops.

Pingree says the Kittery yard has a world class reputation for high quality, efficient work, but it needs to improve and upgrade its facilities so it can continue to compete and create jobs for the people of Maine and New Hampshire.

Paul O’Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council, tells Fosters Daily Democrat the funding is key to helping the yard stay competitive.