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Friday February 24, 2012 | 01:40 PM

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s civilian payroll totaled $408.3 million last year, says a group representing shipyard employees, businesses and public officials.

The Seacoast Shipyard Association releases a study every year of the Naval yard’s impact. But the report the group released today was against a backdrop of a potential new base closure threat to the shipyard that employs about 4,700 civilians and about 100 military personnel. The association placed the total employment number at about 5,100, which includes some other Navy organizations that reside on the shipyard site.

The shipyard, which overhauls nuclear submarines, was placed on the Defense Department's base closure list in 2005, but that recommendation was overturned by the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The Seacoast Shipyard Association joined with Maine and other New England members of Congress to successfully fight the closure recommendation.

The Obama administration has requested that Congress approve new base closure rounds in 2013 and 2015. While the Maine and New Hampshire delegation maintain the shipyard does valuable work and should not be touched, a defense analyst has said the yard could be vulnerable because there will be less work to do overhauling nuclear submarines.

The 2011 payroll is an increase over the about $395 million 2010 payroll, according to the association’s report. The yard bought $49.9 million worth of supplies and services last year, about a $5 million increase over 2010, the report says.


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