In a win for the Hampton Roads economy, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, will chair a House panel that deals with military shipbuilding and naval power.
Wittman on Wednesday was named chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee under House Armed Services.
The previous chairman was former Rep. Randy Forbes, who was defeated last year in the GOP primary.
As sea power chairman, Wittman will be in the thick of the debate over the size of the Navy fleet. Both President-elect Donald Trump and the Navy favor a significant expansion of the fleet, up to 355 ships. The current fleet stands at 274 ships with plans to reach 308.