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Building the Shipyards the Nation Needs

The Navy's four public shipyards -- Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF), and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) --  perform a vital role in national defense by executing maintenance on submarines and aircraft carriers in order to provide combat-ready ships to the fleet.

Originally designed and built in the 19th and 20th centuries to build sail- and conventionally-powered ships, the Navy's public shipyards are not efficiently configured to maintain and modernize nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. With the Navy's needed focus on operations, the aging shipyards have been unable to adequately sustain and optimize their facilities, utilities, dry docks, equipment and information technology infrastructure. These inefficiencies and obsolete facilities result in higher maintenance costs, schedule risks and reliability issues.

To create the shipyards that our nation needs requires making significant investments to modernize dry docks, optimize industrial processes and modernize standard equipment to bring these critical industrial sites to modern standards.

The Navy established the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP) program office in May 2018. SIOP is a centrally-managed program led by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), with support from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). NAVSEA is the operating agent and the technical authority for all four shipyards, executing the capital equipment program while NAVFAC provides facilities engineering and construction programs, supports environmental and compliance requirements and retains head-of-contracting-activity authority for facilities and dry dock investments. CNIC is the Navy's shore integrator and directs the Navy's shore environmental program.

The Navy will ensure that the optimization process fully integrates environmental considerations including natural and cultural resources, water and air quality, and more. During the development of individual shipyard plans, the Navy will develop alternatives for assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The Navy will work with stakeholders as part of the decision-making process and will conduct all appropriate NEPA, natural resource and NHPA analyses; agency and government-to-government consultations and public engagement and obtain all required permits to ensure a proactive approach to environmental protection.



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PSNS & IMF veterans reflect on how military service informs their work at the shipyard
Approximately 26 percent of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s workforce are veterans. From battlefields to battalions, skies to seas, each veteran carries knowledge and experiences that help shape their civilian work. For some, their work at PSNS & IMF is an extension of their service. For others, it's an opportunity to try a new career field while continuing their service to the nation. Pictured here are (top left to right) Paul Silivelio, U.S. Marine Corps, 14 years, Marine Machinery Supervisor, Shop 38, Marine Machinist; Leslie Churchill, U.S. Navy, 24 years; Marine Machinery Supervisor, Shop 38, Marine Machinist; Daniel Trout, U.S. Navy, 5 years, Mechanic, Shop 52, Regional Calibration; Rozy Castellanos, U.S. Navy, 24 years, Career Counselor, Command Career Center; (bottom left to right) Jim Cook, U.S. Navy, 23 years, Division Head, Code 1101, Executive Support Staff; and Robin Lee, U.S. Marine Corps, 4 years, Graphic Designer, Code 1160, Public Affairs Office.
Nov. 16, 2023 - Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is an occasion to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military — both the living and those who have passed — whether in wartime or peace. The day is largely...

Winter weather can bring delayed starts, curtailment
PSNS & IMF Employee Notification System graphic (PSNS & IMF graphic by Scott Hansen)
Nov. 16, 2023 - As the threat of inclement weather begins to rise so do questions of curtailment. A curtailment due to snow or other extreme weather or emergency situations can result in non-critical operations being curtailed for safety,...

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According to the CDC, about 255,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease each year. Learn about risks, symptoms, screenings, and diagnosis here: (Defense Health Agency graphic by Kim Farcot)
Nov. 16, 2023 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held annually in October, aims to promote screening and prevention of the disease. Known best for its pink theme color, the observance features a number of campaigns and programs focusing on...

New mechanical engineering pathway benefits shipyards on Oʻahu, Guam
Professor Marvin Young meeting with University of Guam engineering students.
(Photo courtesy of University of Hawai'i News)
Nov. 1, 2023 - Several University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering students who are originally from Guam are thriving in a new collaborative program that will set them on a career pathway in the shipyard industry in Hawaiʻi and...

More than 300 job offers extended during two-day shipyard hiring fair at the Kitsap Conference Center
Joe Fenske, division head, Code 135, Non-Destructive Testing Division, talks with job seekers Oct. 20, 23, during the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Hiring Fair at the Kitsap Conference Center in downtown Bremerton, Washington. The goal for this hiring event was to find more skilled trade employees for the command's production shops. (U.S Navy Photo by Wendy Hallmark)
Oct. 31, 2023 - Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility held a two-day hiring fair at the Kitsap Conference Center in downtown Bremerton Oct. 20- 21. Approximately 1,300 job seekers came through the doors, resulting in...