USS Louisville Arrives in Bremerton for Inactivation

October 22, 2019 – USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence in the inactivation and decommissioning process, Oct. 22. Under the command of Cmdr. Robert Rose, from Garland, Utah, Louisville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a homeport change to Bremerton, Washington, Oct. 7. “Louisville Sailors, past and present, are some of the finest in the world,” said Rose. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a commanding officer on this fine ship. The crew’s ingenuity, hard work,…

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USS Louisiana Arrives Bremerton for Major Overhaul

September 12, 2019 – Settling into its temporary home for the next two and a half years, USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in preparation for an extended maintenance availability Sept. 11. The availability, an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, will see the project team focus on refueling, preserving and modernizing the Ohio-class submarine. This will include preservation of the hull, superstructure and tanks as well as modernizing the boat’s reverse osmosis system and performing the enlisted women in submarines alteration. “We have assembled a…

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Shipyard finishes maintenance on USS Connecticut

September 6, 2019 – Returning another strategic asset to service with the fleet, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility completed its work on USS Connecticut (SSN 22) Sept. 5. Connecticut had moved out of the shipyard’s Dry Dock 4 on Aug. 10 to put the finishing touches on its five-and-a-half-month period of maintenance and modernization, formally known as a docking continuous maintenance availability. Shipyard personnel invested more than 30,200 man-days into the effort on Connecticut, which began March 26 when the sub entered dry dock. “Maintaining and modernizing…

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Shipyard completes work on USS Ohio

August 15, 2019 – Fully refreshed after more than two years of refitting, the Navy’s oldest guided missile submarine is once again ready to set sail in defense of the nation. USS Ohio (SSGN 726) completed its maintenance availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Wednesday, bringing to a close a 27-month major maintenance period that saw updates and upgrades to most major onboard systems. Almost 400,000 man-days of work by the shipyard’s Ohio project team, ship’s force, contractors and others were needed to return Ohio to…

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USS Seawolf Completes TSRA

July 25, 2019 – USS Seawolf (SSN 21) project team, ship’s force and Trident Refit Facility-Bangor worked tirelessly together to complete a Total Ship Readiness Assessment on July 5. The project team performed a repair of the external hull penetration and with assistance from TRF, an emergent repair to correct a port rod meter— which indicates the speed of the boat—was completed, ensuring on-time completion of the TSRA. The Seawolf project team is actively planning the next availability. “The team excelled in executing and completing emergent work protocol on Seawolf,”…

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Compact Swaging Machine Makes Fleet Debut

July 24, 2019 – The fleet’s oldest aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), became the first to deploy in June with the highly anticipated Compact Swaging Machine (CSM), which eliminates the time and manpower-intensive socket pouring process for producing purchase cable terminals. On the carrier’s flight deck, these critical components connect to arresting gear wires, which transmit the intense force of landing aircraft to below-deck arresting gear engines, bringing it to a controlled stop in less than 400 feet. The CSM was developed by the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment…

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Team Goes Above and Beyond in USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Emergency Diesel Generator Repairs

July 8, 2019 – Thanks to teamwork and dedication in a time of need, a naval asset is on its way to returning to the mission at hand. A ceremony was held May 29 in the Diesel Shop (Shop 38) to celebrate the teamwork in emergency diesel generator repair efforts for Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Immediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). In early 2019, NNSY received word from PSNS & IMF that the USS Ohio (SSGN 726) was in need of emergent repairs and…

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Bremerton’s Seventh Consecutive On-Time Carrier Overhaul

May 30, 2019 – Declaring the massive overhaul of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) complete on May 27, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility celebrated its seventh consecutive early or on-time completion of an aircraft carrier availability. Nimitz’s docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) ended four days ahead of schedule, completing sea trials on Memorial Day. “Congratulations to team Nimitz,” said Capt. Howard Markle, PSNS & IMF commander. “You have done a tremendous job in returning Nimitz to the fleet ahead of schedule and within budget. The Nimitz project team,…

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USS Michigan returns to Pacific Northwest after 30 months

May 21, 2019 – USS Michigan (SSGN 727) returned home to the Pacific Northwest May 13, after being forward-deployed for 30-months in the Western Pacific. Since its departure in December 2016, Michigan was forward-deployed to Guam, where it conducted surveillance, training and other critical missions in the 7th Fleet area of operations. “Both Michigan Blue and Gold crews worked tirelessly together, and with our maintenance partners from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Guam-based submarine tenders Frank Cable and Emory S. Land, to keep an aging ship ready to fight…

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Team innovates battery removal during sub inactivation

May 16, 2019 – As part of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s ongoing focus on completing projects on time or early, a team from PSNS & IMF’s Code 740, Rigging and Operations Division; and Shop 51, Battery Shop Team, tried something new during the inactivation process of USS Bremerton (SSN 698). For the first time at PSNS & IMF, the team removed the batteries from a submarine (Bremerton) while the vessel was nested outboard of another submarine, in this case USS Jacksonville (SSN 699). Both vessels were…

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Shipyard plays important role during World War I

November 6, 2018 – November 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the armistice was signed ending World War I, known at the time as “The War to End All Wars.” The armistice also brought to an end a period of extraordinary effort at Navy Yard Puget Sound, the Navy’s Pacific Northwest ship construction and repair facility that would later come to be known as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility. The hostilities among more than two dozen countries began in 1914 at a time when the United States…

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Team designs 3D-printed device to reduce time, cost; increase safety

October 23, 2018 – The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s Strategic Framework encourages employees at all levels to embrace innovation in support of the command’s mission to deliver warships back to the fleet on-time, every time. To that end, a team of folks including Ron Jackson, an equipment expert for the shipfitting, sheet metal and pipefitting shops; Logan Crow, Jeff Pugh and Alissa Riedel with the pipefitting shop; and Bob Hewitt, a 3D-printing expert with the shipfitting and sheet metal shops loft put their collective minds together…

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Shipyard receives 11th consecutive energy award

August 16, 2018 – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility has been named as a recipient of the 2018 Secretary of the Navy Energy Excellence Award, receiving a gold-level award. 2018 marks the eleventh consecutive year that PSNS & IMF has been recognized with a Navy energy award. “This honor represents the culmination of our entire team’s efforts to effectively and efficiently use energy in meeting our mission,” said PSNS & IMF Executive Director Richard Tift. “These efforts don’t just save taxpayer dollars; they also help to preserve…

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Historic shipyard caissons on sale in disposal effort

For sale: Unique 1911 and 1918 watercraft. VERY low mileage. 4.5 million pounds of history in these must-see models. Clean titles, no accidents. Need some TLC. You haul. Best offer. The classified ad isn’t real, but the opportunity is. After a combined 207 years of service to the Navy and the nation, two massive caissons used to seal off dry docks at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility are for sale. Known only as Old Caissons 2 and 3, these enormous floating gates were once used to hold…

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