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NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD, Portsmouth, Va. - Norfolk Naval Ship Yard (NNSY) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Dry Dock Floodwall Protection Improvements Project Nov.4. The participants in the ceremony were, front row participants, left to right, George Clarke, Owner, Mid-Eastern Builders, RDML Howard Markle, Commander, NNSY, and David Cortinas, Program Manager, Moffatt & Nichol Engineers. The back row were, left to right, NNSY’s Mascot, Yardbird Sam, Bill House, NNSY Construction Manager and Capt. Bill Butler, Public Works Officer. The $43.6 million project will protect the small docks and their associated facilities, infrastructure, and equipment from flooding from the Elizabeth River. This project is a part of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP), a 20-year, $21 billion program dedicated to completely refurbishing the nation’s four public shipyards by modernizing equipment, improving workflow and upgrading dry docks and facilities.


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