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Shaheen Statement on the Death of Former Portsmouth Shipyard Commander Bill McDonough

(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement after learning of the passing of Captain Bill McDonough. Captain McDonough’s distinguished career included service as a Navy Captain, Commander of the Portsmouth Shipyard, and President of the Seacoast Shipyard Association.  

“I was very saddened to learn of Captain McDonough’s death,” said Shaheen. “Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who dedicated his life to serving his country. As Shipyard Commander, his strong leadership preserved the base’s legacy and prepared it for the future. His love for the Shipyard ran in his veins. For over 20 years, nobody fought harder to prevent the Shipyard’s closure. Bill’s efforts helped save thousands of jobs and preserved the Shipyard’s critical contribution to our nation’s national security. The Seacoast Region and our nation owes Captain McDonough a debt of gratitude for his service. Today, my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”