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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Host Community Program

Through the Shipyard's Host Community Program a community adopts a submarine for the duration of its availability at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The community welcomes the officers, crews and families of the ship and includes them as part of their community. It is a partnership - the submarine crew enjoys the community's hospitality and in return, the community receives a helping hand and a unique feeling of involvement in the lives of Naval personnel. As an example, crew members may be invited to join in a civic project, tutor in the schools, or participate in holiday events. It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get to know the Navy and its Sailors and introduce the crews and their families to the many treasures found in the Seacoast community. The crew experiences first hand the warmth and strong support from the Seacoast. There is a special relationship that is built as a result of the Host Community Program. All communities in the area are invited to participate in the Shipyard's Host Community Program. For more information, call the Shipyard's Public Affairs Office, 207-438-3975.
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Shipyard Team Gives Back to the Community

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard participates in Veterans Administration retraining programs and supports employees in fulfilling National Guard commitments.

Piscataqua River Cooperative (PRC)Another long standing community partnership involves participating in the Piscataqua River Cooperative (PRC) that prepares for response to oil spills on the Piscataqua River. The PRC was formed in 1971 and is made up of Irving Oil, Sprague Energy Corp, and Public Service of New Hampshire. Other agencies that have a role in its activities include the Shipyard, the State Department of Environmental Services, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the U.S. Coast Guard, University of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Towing, and Newington Fire Department, as well as the civil air patrol. It is a partnership committed to protecting the Seacoast's precious environment.

Shipyard employees give annually contributions to the Seacoast United Way through the Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC is the government's workplace giving campaign for federal employees in the area. It is a volunteer-based campaign that allows federal employees to give to local, national and international non-profit agencies through donations. Red Cross Blood Donator at PNS

Shipyard workers donate blood to the American Red Cross monthly. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was named an American Red Cross Hero in 2012 for continually running a successful blood drive with an unmatched level of employee participation.