Comparing the Costs of Submarine Maintenance at Public and Private Shipyards

September 12, 2018 – Recently, several Navy attack submarines have been delayed in receiving maintenance at public shipyards. As a result, they have missed deployments or had shortened deployments. CBO was asked by the House Armed Services Committee to compare the maintenance costs at public and private shipyards. CBO’s analysis focused on the most common type of overhaul, the Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA), for SSN-688 class submarines. CBO found that no matter which method it used to calculate costs, private shipyards were less expensive, on average, than public shipyards…

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USS Buffalo (SSN 715) Holds Inactivation Ceremony Celebrating 35 Years of Service

The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) held an inactivation ceremony, July 16, at the Keyport Undersea Museum, celebrating the boat’s 35 years of service. The occasion marked the crew’s final public event before the submarine is officially decommissioned in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Washington. “Today we will be talking proud as we celebrate USS Buffalo,” said Buffalo’s executive officer Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Ragadio. “She is the third of her name, 28th of its class…

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USS Columbia Home From Deployment

Family members and friends gathered on the historic submarine piers to welcome home the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6. Columbia successfully completed a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific conducting operations and exercises in support of national security. Cmdr. David L. Edgerton, commanding officer of Columbia, attributed their successful and rigorous deployment to his professional crew. “Their resourceful tenacity allowed us to remain operational anytime we faced a challenge,” Edgerton said. “I admire their positive attitudes,…

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USS Memphis Inducted into Submarine Hall of Fame

Vice Admiral William Merz, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. Merz, who commanded Memphis from 2003 to 2006, described his crew as ordinary guys who did extraordinary things. “My crew (USS Memphis) was an amazing bunch of ordinary submariners. I know a lot of people say that humbly, but I have documentation to prove it,” said Merz. “Working together that ordinary group quickly turned into extraordinary. We wanted to be the boat that you picked to do the hard missions. The…

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Mesothelioma Compensation Center Issues an Alert for Nuclear Submarine Navy Veterans

The Mesothelioma Compensation Center says, “We are the top-ranked source on the Internet for the best financial compensation for US Navy Veterans exposed to asbestos while on a navy nuclear submarine and who now has mesothelioma. Our bottom line is we want to make certain a person like this, or their family, receives the very best possible financial compensation settlement, as we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma and sailors on navy submarines are susceptible to mesothelioma as there are not windows or doors…

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USS Bremerton departs Pearl Harbor for final time

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bid a final farewell to USS Bremerton (SSN 698), April 20, as it began a transit to her namesake, Bremerton, Washington, to begin the inactivation and decommissioning process. As Bremerton departed, Sailors, submarine veterans, friends and families of the crew looked on from the pier, and celebrated her 37 years of honorable service to the U.S. submarine force. Homeported out of Pearl Harbor since 2003, Bremerton departed Hawaii with a special guest, Bremerton’s first commanding officer, Capt. (Ret.) Thomas H. Anderson. “It feels great to be…

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USS Dallas Decommissions After 38 Years of Service

Sailors and guests bid farewell to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) during a decommissioning ceremony April 4, in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) Bremerton. The decommissioning ceremony, a time-honored naval tradition, retires a ship from service through a variety of ceremonial observances, including the department heads’ final reports, the lowering of the ship’s commissioning pennant, and Sailors walking off the ship for the final time. The ceremony is held to honor the ship and all the Sailors who have…

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USS Bremerton Returns to Pearl Harbor for Final Time

Friends and families of the crew gathered on the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to welcome back the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) as she returned from deployment, April 6. Bremerton successfully completed a six-month deployment while conducting operations in support of national security. “The entire crew performed with excellence,” said Master Chief Fire Control Technician (SS) Wade Jacobson, Bremerton’s chief of the boat. “In six months we took the nation’s longest-serving submarine more than 42,000 nautical miles, executing multiple missions in some of the toughest…

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USS Oklahoma City Visits Singapore

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of her deployment to the Indo-Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. “Oklahoma City is a highly capable warship that has reliably answered the call of duty to defend the United States and her allies and partners around the world,” said Cmdr. Thomas O’Donnell, Oklahoma City’s commanding officer. “We stand by our motto ‘The Sonner, The…

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USS Tucson Returns to Pearl Harbor

USS Tucson (SSN 770) returned from deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 7. Tucson successfully completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment while conducting operations in support of national security. This deployment was the first for more than 40 percent of Tucson’s crew.  “I’ve learned that staying calm and organizing what you are going to do is a very important part of being a Submariner,” said Electronics Technician (Nuclear) 3rd Class Jack Sheldon, from Tucson, Arizona. “If you are calm, you can walk through what needs to happen and keep…

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USS Bremerton Visits Subic Bay

USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone March 1 for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and gives the crew an opportunity to meet the local community living in the Subic area. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Bremerton’s crew of 150 sailors regularly conducts a variety of missions to…

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Guam Welcomes USS Asheville

The Guam submarine force welcomed the crew and families of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base Guam following the submarine’s homeport shift from Pearl Harbor, Dec. 14. Asheville replaced USS Chicago (SSN 721) as Guam’s fourth forward-deployed Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Chicago shifted homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in September 2017. “It’s great to be reunited with family and friends on Guam who made the move in anticipation of our arrival,” said Capt. Paul Pampuro, Asheville’s commanding officer. “The crew has…

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USS Olympia Returns From Western Pacific Deployment

USS Olympia (SSN 717) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the successful completion of a Western Pacific deployment, Nov. 9. Olympia participated in several coordinated exercises with U.S. and allied forces and completed three highly successful missions vital to national security. “The total commitment and level of effort this crew has demonstrated over the last 18 months both prepared for and executing this deployment is nothing less than outstanding,” said Cmdr. Benjamin J. Selph, native of Prescott, Arizona and commanding officer of Olympia. “This group of young men conducted…

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) 23 days ahead of schedule

April 13, 2017 – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS Providence (SSN 719) back to the Fleet 23 days ahead of schedule and on budget April 7. USS Providence arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Dec. 4, 2015, for a Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability (PIRA). The project team and ship’s crew worked seamlessly throughout the maintenance availability to meet the Naval Sea Systems Command’s mission priority of the on-time delivery of ships and submarines. “As a team, the shipyard with the captain and crew of Providence, focused on the positive plan forward,” said…

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USS Louisville completes Western Pacific deployment

March 24, 2017 – USS Louisville (SSN 724) was welcomed home by friends and family awaiting their return on the historic submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 23. Louisville successful completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment while conducting operations in support of national security. “I am exceptionally proud of the crew’s efforts to prepare for, sustain and successfully execute every phase of this deployment – from our initial training more than a year ago, to the final transit home,” said Cmdr. David S. Cox, Louisville’s commanding officer and native…

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