U.S. Navy press release
The seven-year project, part of the Navy’s comprehensive Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP), will construct an addition to Dry Dock 1 within the existing flood basin area, as well as new concrete floors, walls, pump systems, caissons, and other mechanical and electrical utilities, enhancing the 221-year-old shipyard’s ability to handle multiple Los Angeles-class and Virginia-class submarines.
“Our naval shipyards need these major modernization efforts to sustain our ability to maintain our nuclear submarine fleet.”
“The Navy needs combat-ready ships and submarines to go where they’re needed, when they’re needed, and these major upgrades and reconfigurations at our naval shipyards will enable the fleet to meet its future missions.”Vice Adm. William Galinis, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
SIOP is a joint effort between NAVSEA, NAVFAC, and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) to recapitalize and modernize the infrastructure at the Navy’s four public shipyards, including repairing and modernizing dry docks, restoring shipyard facilities and optimizing their placement, and replacing aging and deteriorating capital equipment.
“We look forward to getting this critical construction mega-project underway.” “This project — and other work being planned at all four of our naval shipyards — is one of the most significant and direct contributions that our systems command team can make to enable our Navy’s lethality and maximize its readiness for many years to come.”Rear Adm. John Korka, commander, NAVFAC, and Navy chief of Civil Engineers.
Omaha, Nebraska-based 381 Constructors was awarded the contract under the “best-value source selection” procurement process. Award for this procurement was based on technical factors and price, which together constitute a best value to the government.
The contract will be incrementally funded, with an initial $70 million allocated at the time of award.
About Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) is one of four remaining naval shipyards in the U.S. Centrally located about 50 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire, at the southernmost tip of Maine. This federally-owned island is across the harbor from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with access to the mainland by two bridges that connect to Kittery, Maine.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employs approximately 6,600 civilian employees.
PNS has three dry docks and performs maintenance and modernization on Los Angeles and Virginia-class submarines.