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Naval Base Kitsap Opens New Carrier Maintenance Facility

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Story Number: NNS070917-13
Release Date: 9/17/2007 3:33:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base (NB) Kitsap, Bremerton, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new CVN maintenance complex, Sept. 14.

The old warehouse, where the complex now stands, was transformed and renovated to create the CVN maintenance building as a way to help the Navy efforts to improve the efficiency and quality of work of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) personnel.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Capt. Reid Tanaka, NB Kitsap commanding officer, welcomed and thanked guests for attending the special event.

“The Navy has a proud partnership with PSNS,” said Tanaka. “This is the greatest shipyard there is in the whole wide world. This new complex will provide a great place for our workforce and it’s a great organization. I want to thank you all for attending this ceremony today as part of our celebration.”

The CVN maintenance complex will support its staff by providing 61,462 square feet in a three story building with shop areas, project administrative areas and extra outdoor storage. The complex also improves the quality of work life for contractors by providing expanded restroom facilities, hazmat showers and locker rooms for contractors.

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this incredible project,” said Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander, Navy Region Northwest. “I would also like to thank the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility workforces for assuring the Navy have continued success by fixing ships and returning them to the fleet to support the mission. This maintenance complex will continue to contribute to the Navy’s success and it’s critical to our readiness.”

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, a tour was opened to all guests to view the new facility.

“A project of this nature is designed not only to bring resources to projects and the fleet, but also to increases quality of work life for our civilian workforce and our Sailors,” said Capt. Dan Peters, PSNS and IMF commander. “This modern facility is a reflection of our transformation goals to provide first rate working environments with the resources necessary to do the job safer and more efficiently.”

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