Charles T. Dante and Lisa Dante Papini of Dante Valve joined representatives from more than 100 U.S. companies to participate in the seventh annual Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) Action Days Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 30-31 to urge continued support of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier programs. Dante Valve is one of more than 2,000 businesses in 43 states that provides products and services to construct, operate and maintain U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.

Dante and Papini, ACIBC members, were briefed on developments in the aircraft carrier program by the U.S. Navy. They also met with members of Congress to discuss how Congressional funding is vital to maintain the strength of the U.S. industrial base that supports the construction and maintenance of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

“The ACIBC conference was extremely productive for Dante Valve. It gave us an opportunity to meet with members of Congress and gain insight into the carrier program,” said Dante.

“The timing of this year’s Action Days was ideal. We’ve recently seen how significant the aircraft carrier is as a platform for the U.S. Navy around the world, including providing humanitarian aid in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami,” said Papini, who serves as the ACIBC’s Western Regional Board Member.

A conference dinner keynote speaker was U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA), a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, who spoke about the importance of the industrial base and its effect on local economies and national security. A conference breakfast keynote speaker was The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. Additional speakers included Rear Admiral Michael E. McMahon who briefed the ACIBC gathering on recent operations and the status of U.S. carriers and Vice Admiral Bruce W. Clingan who outlined U.S. naval strategy.