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Army leader tours Savannah port ahead of Biden

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Updated: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:16:42 EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Port of Savannah is getting back-to-back VIP visitors from Washington in September, which port officials say is a good sign for the long-awaited deepening of the Savannah harbor. Army Under Secretary Joseph Westphal, the branch's No. 2 civilian leader, took an aerial tour of the Savannah port Wednesday after a briefing on the planned $652 million expansion project. Westphal noted one of his top bosses — Vice President Joe Biden — is scheduled to visit Savannah's docks Sept. 16. The Georgia Ports Authority needs help from Washington to begin deepening 30-miles of the Savannah River to make room for larger cargo ships. Curtis Foltz, the ports' executive director, says having Westphal and Biden come to Savannah sends "a very strong message" that Washington is committed to the project.

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