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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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Ex-Kitty Hawk (CV 63) dry docks at PSNS & IMF
Attack aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63) steams the Pacific Ocean July 21,1969.
March 4, 2021 - Ex-Kitty Hawk (CV 63) will be dry docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, March 5.The dry-docking will allow the Navy to remove marine growth from the hull of ex-Kitty Hawk in order to...

Talking Shop: Code 982 Waterfront Support
Code 982 Utilities Engineer Zechariah Nachazel observes the flooding of Dry Dock 8. Nachazel installs temporary services once the U.S. Navy vessel is docked.
March 4, 2021 - When the first, dry dock in the United States was built at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and opened in 1883, then Norfolk Navy Yard, it created a new area of responsibility to ensure that the dry dock was maintained and ready...

NAVSEA NextGen Selectee: Kaitlin “Katy” Johnson
Radiological Controls (Code 105) Technician Kaitlin “Katy” Johnson
March 3, 2021 - Recently Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) saw the selection of five individuals into Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Next Generation of Leadership (NEXTGEN) Program, which offers participants the chance to learn about...

10K Manday Challenge: NNSY Radiological Team Aims to Make Jobs More Efficient
March 2, 2021 - Even the smallest change can make a difference to a big organization like Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), and once those smaller changes begin to accumulate, you see firsthand the tremendous impact it can have across the...

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Upgrades with Maritime Systems Environment
(From left to right) NNSY Operations Department’s (Code 300) Scheduler Roger Behm, Assistant Project Superintendent Mark Meidel and MSE Deputy Kyle Alexander testing the new MSE program.
March 1, 2021 - After more than five years in the making, Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) migration to Maritime Systems Environment (MSE) may soon be complete.MSE is a computer system update described as, “a Naval Sea Systems Command...