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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard LogoPortsmouth Naval Shipyard's mission is the safe overhaul, repair and modernization of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered attack submarine fleet, specifically Los Angeles and Virginia-class submarines. Learn more about us here.




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PNS Celebrates Apprentice Graduation
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, Aug. 27, 2021:  Shipyard Commander Capt. Daniel Ettlich addresses the graduates and welcomes all in attendance.  The class of 260 graduates, 88 from the Trades Apprenticeship Program, and 172 from the Worker Skills Progression Program representing 24 different trades.  These programs provide the skills and capability needed to execute mission requirements and are a critical component of the shipyard workforce.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jim Cleveland/Released)
Aug. 31, 2021 - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard held an outdoor drive-in style graduation ceremony Friday for the Production Trades Apprentice and Worker Skills Progression Program (WSPP) Class of 2021.Commanding Officer, USS Texas (SSN 775),...

$1.7-billion drydock project awarded to improve Portsmouth Naval Shipyard capacity
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME: Jun 22, 2021: USS Virginia (SSN 774) successfully exits dry dock at the shipyard. Virginia is at the shipyard for a scheduled maintenance period.
Aug. 13, 2021 - Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) awarded a $1.7-billion construction project Aug. 13. This effort will expand and reconfigure a dry dock complex at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery, Maine, to...

Fix or Elevate - Improves Processes for PNS Electricians
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July 16, 2021 - A key strategy of Naval Sustainment System - Shipyards (NSS-SY) is implementing a paradigm shift of treating shipyard mechanics as the customer. “That means it’s our job, leadership’s job, to make sure mechanics have the...

Production Control Center Streamlines Efforts at PNS Machine Shop
June 16, 2021 - As part of the ongoing Naval Sustainment System-Shipyards (NSS-SY) effort, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Inside Machine shop developed the Production Control Center (PCC). With the objective of streamlining efforts across the...

Portsmouth Delivers USS California in Record Time
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine:  USS California (SSN 781) departs for sea trials June 6 after completing a scheduled maintenance period at the shipyard. California was delivered back to the fleet June 15 the fastest availability of its kind since the Navy adjusted the Virginia-class maintenance cycle. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by safely delivering first time quality, on-budget, and on time.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jim Cleveland/Released)
June 16, 2021 - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) back to the fleet June 15 as the fastest availability of its kind since the Navy adjusted the Virginia-class maintenance...

Shipyard Commander, Rear Adm. Lewis A. Felton presents Gilbert Stevens the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contribution in developing the buoyancy tank system at PNS, July 20, 1992.
Dec. 18, 2020 - In 1969, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard halted its production of submarines and began its journey as a maintenance facility. Advancements in technology were drastically changing what was possible in developing larger, more complex...