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NEWS | Nov. 7, 2019

Norfolk Naval Shipyard undocks USS Wyoming

By Michael Brayshaw, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Lead Public Affairs Specialist

USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) successfully undocked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Nov. 6, a key milestone in the boat’s Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO).   


“Wyoming is now one step closer to completing its Engineered Refueling Overhaul and providing superior warfighting capability back to the Fleet,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson.  “This is a critical piece in the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy, as Wyoming and the other Ohio-class submarines make up one leg of the nuclear triad. Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to this critical work of refueling and upgrading the boat during its ERO.”


Wyoming has been at NNSY since January 2018 undergoing refueling and modernization.  In a first for the shipyard, Enlisted Women at Sea ship alterations are being performed onboard, modifying the layout of berthing areas. 


The Wyoming project team has achieved several successes so far during this overhaul, meeting a number of key events early and with first-time quality.  Additionally, the team has set new standards in safety and boat cleanliness, resulting in the lowest Total Case Injury Rate for an ERO. 


“Everything we do is a challenge, but the shipyard has leveraged a lot of experience and knowledge on this project, and ship’s force has been alongside us throughout as we continue to be committed in achieving our goals,” said Project Superintendent John Walker. 


Reflecting on the importance of shipyard efforts to deliver boats like Wyoming back to the Fleet, NAVSEA Commander, Vice Admiral Tom Moore said “we use the term ‘Great Power Competition’ to describe today’s military climate. Other countries, specifically China and Russia, are growing their militaries to improve their political and economic standing in the world. Our Navy is the primary tool the United States has to maintain global order and stability. That’s because of what you do every day. You deliver the ships required to maintain that stability and respond to crises around the world.”