Norfolk Naval Shipyard Dedicates Submarine Maintenance Facility

June 18, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) dedicated its new Submarine Maintenance Facility June 14. The dedication marked the next crucial step in the NNSY’s realization of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan that will enhance the ability of the four public shipyards to meet the mission of delivering ships back to the fleet on time and within budget. The new facility consolidates submarine maintenance, production and support shops into a single facility adjacent to NNSY’s submarine drydocks and piers. This two-story structure features shops, storage and support spaces on…

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Ike Returns to Sea Following Planned Incremental Availability

March 28, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returned to sea March 28 following a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA) during which the ship received innovative upgrades. One of the upgrades of note was the installation of the NULKA decoy system. “A disciplined and thoughtful approach to the basics brought us here,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer of seeing the ship get underway. “We’ve been training for this for quite some time and invested a tremendous amount of sweat along the way. The hard work every…

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USS Rhode Island Completes Post-Overhaul Sea Trials

September 13, 2018 – USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Sept. 12, after successfully completing their first at-sea period in two-and-a-half years. The 15 days at sea tested every aspect of the boat’s integrity after its 33-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. The EROs are a complex, major shipyard availability during which the submarine will be refueled and upgraded before returning to support the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy, extending the life of the submarine more than 20…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Takes Another Step Forward in Modernization

With more than 20 years of research, planning, designing, construction and certification, the new Controlled Industrial Facility (CIF) onboard Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is not only a new work site, it is a giant step into radiological facilities revitalization. “We first started talking about a new CIF back in 1996,” said Robert Fogel, 3910N Nuclear Facilities and Equipment manager. “The whole concept of this type of a modern-day facility was to streamline our processes, house multiple jobs continuously, be more energy efficient, reduce required man-hours, increase productivity, safely work on…

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HASC: 15 Subs Kept Out of Service

A massive maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months, and the Navy’s plan to mitigate the problem is jeopardized by budget gridlock, two House Armed Services Committee staffers told Breaking Defense. That is almost 15 submarine-years, the equivalent of taking a boat from the 2018 budget and not adding it back until 2033. While only Congress can pass a budget and lift caps on spending, the staffers said, part of the solution is in the Navy’s hands: outsource more work to private-sector shipyards,…

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Ike Begins Planned Incremental Availability

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) began its six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, Sept. 17. “PIA gives us the opportunity to complete major ship alterations and improvements, as well as improve habitability for the crew, that cannot be normally completed in our short pierside availabilities at Norfolk,” said Lt. Cmdr. Julian Wilson, Ike’s ship maintenance manager. This restoration will be led by 12 ship’s force work production teams comprised of Ike crew members who will be working in tandem with personnel…

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