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Record Inactivation for Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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Story Number: NNS090213-04
Release Date: 2/13/2009 6:16:00 AM

From Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

NORFOLK, (NNS) -- Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed in record time its fastest Los Angeles-class submarine inactivation Feb. 11 at the decommissioning ceremony for USS Augusta (SSN 710) in Portsmouth, Va.

Personnel from NNSY, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), completed the inactivation in 41.4 months.

Efficient inactivations enable NAVSEA to direct more assets to increase current fleet readiness while staying within budget.

"The availability to this point has been going very well on both cost and schedule performance," said Project Superintendent Jack Harris. "The boat's crew has been very professional and supportive — we could not have accomplished all that we have done to date without the support of the crew."

"The shipyard has now taken watch over the boat," added Harris. "Now, we're finishing the preparations for towing away on May 8 to Puget Sound [Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility]."

One of the biggest benefits of the nearly year-long availability has been the use of the Hangar Bay Concept, which co-locates the project team next to the dry dock. Quickly becoming an important example of NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy's "Back-to-Basics" approach to submarine availabilities, the Hangar Bay Concept at NNSY has since been implemented on USS Tennessee's Engineered Refueling Overhaul availability that began on Jan. 20, 2009. The Hangar Bay Concept at NNSY is estimated to save
thousands of man hours on a maintenance availability.

This marked NNSY's first inactivation since USS Portsmouth (SSN 707) in 2004. Since 2000, the Navy has inactivated five other Los Angeles-class submarines, including Portsmouth (SSN 707), Salt Lake (SSN 716), Honolulu (SSN 718), Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) and Minneapolis St. Paul (SSN 708).

NNSY is one of four NAVSEA public shipyards that play a major role in maintaining America's fleet and providing wartime surge capability to keep the nation's ships ready for combat.

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