NEWS | April 26, 2021

NAVSEA commander visits PSNS & IMF during visit to Northwest region

By PSNS & IMF Public Affairs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility

Vice Adm. William J. Galinis, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, visited Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, April 23, 2021, to tour PSNS & IMF facilities, learn about the status of various maintenance availabilities, and to discuss process improvement and transformation efforts.

Galinis addressed PSNS & IMF leadership and then received a major project summary before Capt. Jip Mosman, commander, PSNS & IMF, took him on a guided tour of the shipyard. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer joined for part of the visit.

Galinis toured USS Michigan (SSGN 727) with Rear Adm. Doug Perry, commander, Submarine Group 9; and Capt. Michael Beckette, Michigan commanding officer, before learning about and observing PSNS & IMF workforce development efforts.

NAVSEA’s top officer also discussed how PSNS & IMF and the other U.S. Navy shipyards will be using the Navy’s Public Shipyard Improvement Plan and the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards initiative (NSS-SY), a program spearheaded by NAVSEA across the four public shipyards to improve internal coordination and eliminate barriers between mechanics and their work so that all availabilities can be delivered on time, every time.

“We are thrilled to host Vice Adm. Galinis for the first time since he took command of the NAVSEA enterprise,” said Mosman. “My favorite part of being shipyard commander is being able to showcase our incredible workforce and shipyard to visitors. It’s an opportunity for senior leaders to see firsthand the hard work that is accomplished here every day in support of our Navy.”

Throughout the tour, Galinis provided his vision for the future of naval maintenance to PSNS & IMF leaders and deck plate workers. 

“I’m happy to be out here,” said Galinis. “I cannot overstate the importance of what you do here. You are the enablers of our fleet, and you allow our Navy to do what we need to do. I am seeing a good embracement of NSS-SY here at Puget. We are on this journey together, across the enterprise.”