Norfolk Naval Shipyard breaks ground on new production training facility in Virginia


Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), a U.S. Navy facility in Portsmouth, Virginia, for building, remodelling, and repairing the Navy's ships, has broken ground on a new production training facility at the shipyard in Portsmouth.

To be built with a budget of $64.7m (£51.4m), the multi-storey, multifaceted facility is expected to help NNSY in realising the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan (SIOP).

Furthermore, the facility will help NNSY in consolidating training, which is spread across 26 different NNSY locations and eight departments, into a single 157,000ft² facility.

Designed by California-based RQ Construction, the new facility will include 82 academic classrooms and 26 mock-up areas.

Upon completion, the building will become the training hub for NNSY personnel including those in Radiological Controls, Quality Assurance, Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Engineering and Planning, Production and Operations, and Lifting and Handling.

It will also support future training requirements related to Gerald R. Ford Class Carriers and Virginia Class Submarines.

Construction on the facility will begin this month and last for two years.

Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson said: “In establishing this large, modern and consolidated training facility, we will provide a hub for the shipyard’s academic classrooms and on-the-job training areas, allowing theory and application to meet.

“Supporting those efforts, this facility will also house administrative offices, conference rooms, training aid storage areas, and other support spaces. Innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing will now transpire all under one roof, and streamlined to benefit our people.”

“Facility training areas offering applied instruction include drydock, carrier shipboard, and fall protection mock-ups, and training areas in pipefitting, welding, crane and rigging, and motor and generator repair,” U.S. Navy said.

When completed, the facility will serve as a centralized training hub for improving the knowledge and abilities of future generations of shipyard employees. It will also offer comfort and convenience with amenities including outdoor seating areas, break rooms, study rooms and a min-mart.

The facility will also include sail salvaged from USS La Jolla, which is currently being converted from an operational fast-attack submarine into a moored training ship. The shipyard also planning to become the sole Sail Learning Center for NAVSEA corporation, using the 76,000lb centrepiece.


Image: NNSY officials at the ground breaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Norfolk Naval Shipyard Photographer, Danny De Angelis.

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