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PHNS $25M Modernization in Fleet Support is "First Step"

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090227-04
Release Date: 2/27/2009 11:09:00 AM

From Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The "first step" in the planned modernization of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNS & IMF) took place Feb. 20 with a $25.5 million military construction project groundbreaking ceremony.

The modernization plan includes infrastructure improvements through the year 2035 that could total $800 million.

Hawaii's senior U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye presided over the groundbreaking.

"{This is} essential to ensuring an efficient and effective shipyard in the years ahead," Inouye said.
"The Asia-Pacific area is a place of special concern, a place of potential problems and potential we should be ready and prepared."

The construction project, designated "P-302," will provide permanent facilities for the distribution of water, compressed air, welding gases and other utilities to shipyard dry docks and piers. Currently, shipyard workers must install these services on a temporary basis whenever they begin work on a ship or submarine, resulting in additional cost, inefficiency, and safety concerns.

The shipyard is a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, and is one of four 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.

Shipyard Commander Capt. Greg R. Thomas, cited the opportunities and challenges the shipyard faces including inefficient facility layout and outmoded buildings and temporary structures dating from 1913 to 1945 which can cause delays in work completion and waste critical resources.

He said the P-302 project is the first of many military construction projects to meet these challenges under the recently completed Shipyard Facilities Modernization Plan.

Thomas noted that the U.S. Navy will be moving 60 percent of its submarine force to the Asia-Pacific Region, with 40 percent remaining in the Atlantic region. As part of this shift of emphasis, he said that the first Virginia-class submarine, the USS Hawaii (SSN 776), would arrive in Hawaii this summer.

PHNS & IMF is the largest industrial employer in the state of Hawaii with a combined civilian and military workforce of about 4,700. It has an operating budget of $620 million, of which more than $390 million is payroll for civilian employees. The shipyard, strategically located in the Pacific Ocean, is a full-service naval shipyard and regional maintenance center for the U.S. Navy's surface ships and submarines.

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