People associated with San Diego’s ship repair community are planning a rally Feb. 22 to call attention to the federal budget impasse.

The U.S. Navy has cancelled repair work on 10 San Diego-based surface ships. The Navy says it has to take money out of its repair budget because the fiscal year is almost half over and authorities in Washington have not yet passed a 2013 federal budget. Complicating matters are across-the-board federal budget cuts, expected to hit in March.

The San Diego Military Advisory Council has said that San Diego could lose 4,000 to 5,000 shipyard jobs because of federal budget troubles. The ship repair industry says it wants to work with all stakeholders to protect military jobs and the San Diego economy.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Rep. Scott Peters and Councilman David Alvarez and possibly other elected officials are expected to join maritime industry leaders, union leaders and workers at 8 a.m. Feb 22 at San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Park (formerly known as Crosby Park), 1449 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway, next to the Continental Maritime shipyard.

— SDBJ Staff Report