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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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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Tugs, broncs and brawn needed to move mighty warships

By Michele Fletcher If you’ve been at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) for long, you know that ships and submarines move around with some frequency. Sometimes they’re just passing by, returning from sea to their homeport pier. Sometimes they’re just relocating from pier side into dry dock—or back. Perhaps not long ago you watched as USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was moved into dry dock. Some of the most common sights on the water during a ship docking are tugboats with lines strung between them…

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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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USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) Arrives in Bremerton for Decommissioning

USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process Dec. 11. Jacksonville completed their most recent deployment Aug. 10. The boat and her crew spent 208 days at sea, steamed more than 48,000 nautical miles and conducted maritime security operations and joint exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and Indian navies. The crew also conducted various port calls to Bahrain, Guam, Oman and Singapore. Under the command of Cmdr. Steven Faulk, Jacksonville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for…

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NAVSEA’s Four Shipyards Achieve Federal Laboratory Status

All four of NAVSEA’s public naval shipyards – Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility – achieved federal laboratory status from the Office of Naval Research in June. This status gives the shipyards authorization to employ tools used by other federal laboratories related to technology transfer (T2). “Naval shipyards perform maintenance miracles on a daily basis,” said Steve McKee, strategic project lead for the NAVSEA’s Tactical Innovation Implementation Laboratory (TIIL) which is in the Maintenance and Industrial Operations…

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