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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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Capt. JD Crinklaw takes over for Capt. Jip Mosman during change-of-command ceremony
Capt. JD Crinklaw, right, became the 52nd commander of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility during a change-of-command ceremony May 25, 2023, in Building 460 at the shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Crinklaw takes over for former commander Capt. Jip Mosman, left, who led PSNS & IMF since December 2020. Rear Adm. Scott Brown, center, deputy commander, Industrial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command, presided over the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark)
June 8, 2023 - Capt. JD Crinklaw became the 52nd commander of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility during a ceremony May 25, 2023, at the shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. Crinklaw relieved outgoing commander...

Multiple teams across command join forces to help make long-awaited Burwell Tunnel renovation project a reality
Capt. Jip Mosman, commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, in Bremerton, Washington, tours the newly renovated Burwell Tunnel with Geno Hernandez, Sr. Visual Information Specialist, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs Office, following the ribbon-cutting ceremony May 9, 2023. Hernandez designed and illustrated the overall atheistic with added graphic embellishment created by his design partner Robin Lee, Visual Information specialist, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs Office. (U.S Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark)
June 1, 2023 - When Capt. Jip Mosman, commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, cut the ribbon at the newly renovated entrance of Burwell Tunnel on May 9, it symbolized the culmination of months of planning...

Shipyard takes center stage at Washington Women in Trades Fair
Ella Walker, middle left, component repair technician, Shop 31, Inside Machinist, talks with a group of students about future career opportunities at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility May 5, 2023, during a Washington Women in Trades Fair at the Seattle Center Pavilion. (U.S Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark)
May 31, 2023 - According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of October 2022, women make up roughly half the American workforce but they represent only about 4% of skilled trades professionals.At the shipyard, 19% of the workforce is women...

Pearl Harbor Battle of Midway legacy continues
USS Yorktown (CV-5) in Dry Dock 1 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 29 May 1942, receiving urgent repairs for damage received in the Battle of Coral Sea. She left Pearl Harbor the next day to participate in the Battle of Midway.
May 25, 2023 - Eighty-one years ago this week, Sailors and civilians turned the tide of the War in the Pacific. The shipyard each of us call home today played a pivotal role ensuring our Pacific Fleet was ready to surprise the Imperial...

Five ways to improve emotional health: Coping with the ups and downs of daily life comes easily for some, while others might experience extreme anxiety
May 24, 2023 - During the course of daily life, everyone experiences ups and downs resulting from internal or external stimuli. For some, coping with those ups and downs comes easily. However, for others, changes may cause extreme anxiety...