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Pentagon No. 2 tours shipyards as race with China heats up

Kathleen Hicks visits military installations key to winning great-power competition

NEW YORK -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks has kicked off a multistate trip in New England -- a hub of military installations vital to taking on a rising China, including sites for building and maintaining submarines and destroyers.

Hicks visited two shipyards in Maine on Wednesday, one federally owned and the other private.

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