Navy cuts to affect Gulfport Seabee Base - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Navy cuts to affect Gulfport Seabee Base

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Huge cuts are coming to U.S. Navy bases around the globe. Navy brass has sent a memo to all bases outlining deep cuts needed as Congress faces the next fiscal crisis.

Immediately, the Navy must cut $4.6 billion. That means all civilian hiring is frozen, halting repair and construction projects at bases around the world and cutting spending up to 50 percent in some areas.    

It's not clear how the cuts will impact the Seabee Base. Officials there told WLOX News they're not commenting on the directive from Washington. 

In 2011, the Seabee base reported it had an economic impact on the coast economy topping $1 billion. Last fall, one of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalions based in Gulfport was decommissioned.   

Navy bases everywhere must cut operating costs, limit purchasing and even training missions. If Congress doesn't act by March, even deeper cuts loom including furloughing civilian workers and even canceling some deployments to the Caribbean, South America and even to Europe. 

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Two victims identified in fatal Hwy 49 accident

    Two victims identified in fatal Hwy 49 accident

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:07 PM EST2018-02-24 04:07:03 GMT
    The area should be avoided if possible. (Photo source: WLOX)The area should be avoided if possible. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A fatal accident on Highway 49 north of F Taylor Road has left two people dead. 

    More >>

    A fatal accident on Highway 49 north of F Taylor Road has left two people dead. 

    More >>
  • Suspects steal from multiple unlocked vehicles in Long Beach

    Suspects steal from multiple unlocked vehicles in Long Beach

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-02-24 03:41:39 GMT
    Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: Long Beach police)Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: Long Beach police)
    Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: WLOX)Suspects were caught on a surveillance camera. (Photo source: WLOX)

    The Long Beach Police Department is looking for suspects who attempted to break into more than a dozen vehicles. Long Beach police say in the early morning hours of Thursday burglars walked away with a variety of stolen items including guns and cell phones. 

    More >>

    The Long Beach Police Department is looking for suspects who attempted to break into more than a dozen vehicles. Long Beach police say in the early morning hours of Thursday burglars walked away with a variety of stolen items including guns and cell phones. 

    More >>
  • Pascagoula-Gautier campus officers ready to act in case of emergency

    Pascagoula-Gautier campus officers ready to act in case of emergency

    Friday, February 23 2018 9:45 PM EST2018-02-24 02:45:57 GMT
    Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)
    Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)Colmer Middle School has 30 cameras on campus to patrol possible threats (photo credit: WLOX)

    Like all schools in South Mississippi, the 19 schools in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District have officers on campus. All of them are equipped with the tools needed to help in the event of an emergency.

    More >>

    Like all schools in South Mississippi, the 19 schools in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District have officers on campus. All of them are equipped with the tools needed to help in the event of an emergency.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly