PORT HUENEME : House OKs Money for 2 Naval Bases

Despite cutbacks in the military budget, the House of Representatives has included nearly $15 million for construction projects at the two Naval bases in Ventura County.

The House-passed package now will go to the Senate.

The military construction package approved earlier this week allocated $10.1 million for construction of a laboratory to integrate weapons at the Naval Ship Weapons Systems Engineering Station at Port Hueneme.

It also included slightly more than $2 million to improve an electrical distribution system at the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Port Hueneme and another $2 million to beef up security at the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Mugu.

Bob Hubbert, a spokesman at Point Mugu, said the base plans to build fences and upgrade alarms at secret operations at the missile test center.

In addition, the House included $513,000 to build a new office that doles out family housing on base. "Those guys are working in old post-World War II buildings. They need better space," Hubbert said.

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