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NEWS | July 1, 2019

NAVSEA commander acknowledges PSNS & IMF project successes during recognition ceremony

By PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, recognized the accomplishments of individuals, shops and codes throughout Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility during a recognition ceremony at the shipyard June 11.Moore specifically recognized availabilities, Engineered Refueling Overhauls and inactivations that were completed on time or early; as well as processes that were improved to save time and money.

“This is a full-service winning team here,” Moore told members of the project teams who worked on the recent successful availabilities and inactivations. “I love all four naval shipyards. They are kind of like my kids. You don’t want to play favorites, but right now, you are knocking it out of the park and you are absolutely the gold standard in what we are looking for in our naval shipyard performance. I wanted to come here and thank you personally for what you are doing each and every day.”

Recent successful projects Moore recognized included:

USS Kidd (DDG 100)

The Kidd team completed the fiscal year 2018 Selected Restricted Availability on time and under budget. Detachment Everett ensured both the crew’s move aboard the ship and declaring production complete successful were    on time.

USS Sampson (DDG 102) 

Sampson returned to the fleet one day ahead of schedule after the Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability despite a three-week delay in undocking due to new work. The project team pioneered new practices for teamwork between government and contractors on fixed-price contracts.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 

Theodore Roosevelt completed a six-month Planned Incremental Availability 25 days ahead of schedule despite significant propulsion plant growth work and the execution of the most extensive tank package ever performed in a PIA.

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

Nimitz completed a Dry docking Planned Incremental Availability four days early. Nimitz received upgrades and renovations to a variety of systems including propulsion, steering components, combat systems equipment, aircraft elevator doors and berthing areas. The work package required about 770,000 man-days of work during the 15-month availability. Nimitz undocked one day early after already reducing the original docking period by thirty days during planning. By undocking early
the Nimitz project helped ensure that Dry Dock 6 was ready for the arrival of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). 

USS Maine (SSBN 741)

Maine successfully completed a 32-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul with more than 700,000 man-days of work, which will extend the lifespan of the submarine to 42 years. The team improved methods for removing the superstructure, completing refueling hull cuts, installing shielding and employed a new training method. The Maine project was able to achieve a 10 percent reduction in the “corporate best” refueling portion of the availability.

Ex-Buffalo (SSN 715)

Ex-Buffalo undocked nearly seven weeks early. The project team’s innovative thinking potentially saved the Navy millions of dollars by harvesting the sonar transducers during the inactivation, rather than later.

USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) and USS Bremerton (SSN 698)

Both Jacksonville and Bremerton completed their Ship’s Layup Availabilities, successfully merging crews and watchstanding responsibilities. A first for the fleet, the SLA concept reduced manning requirements for assets awaiting inactivation and enabled the return of Sailors to active naval warships.