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NEWS | Oct. 16, 2023

USS Scranton begins availability: Eight-month DSRA to be performed inside floating dry dock at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego

By Max Maxfield, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

USS Scranton (SSN 756) recently entered a floating dry dock at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego to begin an eight-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability. The work is being performed by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility personnel.

Based on workload forecasting, leadership made the decision more than two years ago to assign the Scranton DSRA to PSNS & IMF.

“As part of the “One NAVSEA Team” concept we are excited to take on this opportunity to help Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the rest of the NAVSEA corporation,” said Daniel Bell, deputy project superintendent for the Scranton project. “With Portsmouth taking on refueling of the last Los Angeles-class submarines, they had workload constraints where PSNS & IMF had capacity to take on this work.”

Rear Adm. Scott Brown, deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Industrial Operations, said he’s proud of how the “One NAVSEA Team” came together to figure out how to best accomplish this work, and that this project this is a good example of how NAVSEA embraces collaboration and is open to a variety of approaches to best support the fleet.

“PSNS & IMF and PNS collaborated with local San Diego tenant commands and activities to ensure this availability is executed safely, efficiently and on time,” he said. “This availability is an example of how improved alignment and cooperation between the public shipyards leverages our combined strengths in support of the fleet.”

According to Bell, the project has almost 30,000 resource days of non-nuclear work scheduled, which is more than most DSRA’s executed at Naval Base Point Loma, at around 22,000 resource days.

PSNS & IMF has sent 400-500 personnel on temporary duty to work alongside ship’s force, PSNS & IMF San Diego Detachment and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Detachment Point Loma personnel. Contract Alteration Installation Teams will also assist with various modernization upgrades.

The USS Scranton is assigned to Submarine Squadron 11 and is homeported at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.