Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

NH News
11:46 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard To Hire More Than 700 New Workers

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plans to hire more than 700 new employees next year.

The shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine, is recruiting applicants for a number of positions, including engineers, technicians and shipfitters.

Shipyard commander Capt. William Greene says the expansion is needed to keep up with the increased workload of overhauling nuclear submarines, and to make up for about 200 workers who are retiring or leaving for other jobs.

Once the positions are filled, the shipyard's workforce will grow to more than 5,000 civilian employees.

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NH News
10:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen: Defense Bill Includes Pease And Shipyard Funding

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2013
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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia Class submarines and funding at the shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine.

Funding also is included for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program at Pease. The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

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2:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the Shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
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There’s a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed, but just a few inches on this side of it – politics are in motion.

Over the last few months, Shipyard unions have endorsed at least five candidates, most of them Democrats. 

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7:06 am
Mon October 6, 2014

N.H. Firm Awarded $10M Shipyard Contract

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A New Hampshire engineering firm has been awarded a five-year, $10 million contract by the U.S. Navy to make repairs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Appledore Marine Engineering in Portsmouth will start work on projects that include expanding the capabilities of the dry docks at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard, so they can accommodate the larger Virginia-class submarines.

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2:15 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Biden Visits Portsmouth Shipyard Workers, Boosts N.H. Democrats

Vice President Joe Biden at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Wednesday.
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Vice President Joe Biden visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wednesday. His stated reason was to celebrate shipyard workers – but it was clear he was also there to boost Democrats heading into election season.


Both of those ends were put on hold at the start of Biden’s remarks.  Instead, the Vice President began with fiery rhetoric from Biden for ISIS terrorists, who have now murdered two US journalists.

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NH News
11:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Portsmouth Startup Markets $10M 'Attack Helicopter Of The Sea' To DOD

Credit Juliet Marine Systems

An 18-person Portsmouth startup has built a futuristic stealth attack boat they are now shopping around to the Department of Defense. Caroline Winter with Bloomberg reports the Ghost, built by Juliet Marine Systems, will go for about $10 million each.   

Right now, a Ghost prototype resides in a hangar at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, CEO Gregory Sancoff told Winter the 4,000 horsepower aluminum and stainless steel vehicle is “such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells.”

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NH News
6:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

USS California Arrives At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

USS California
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Crews at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are beginning maintenance work on the USS California, the nuclear-powered submarine that arrived over the weekend.

The vessel looks like a 7,800 ton torpedo, and can navigate shallow as well as deep waters. The submarine is designed to attack other ships and undertake special operations, intelligence, reconnaissance and mine warfare missions.

The US Navy calls the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard its “Center of Excellence” for repairing and maintaining fast attack nuclear submarines like the USS California. 

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NH News
2:20 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Navy Decommissions USS Miami

Miami Captain Rolf Spelker and Rear Admiral Ken Perry at PNSY
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The Navy deactivated the Los Angeles Class Submarine at the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

It was there that a former shipyard worker, Casey Fury, set a fire on board that ultimately gutted the $900 m sub. During a one hour ceremony, its last commander, captain Rolf Spelker, noted that the Miami, commissioned in 1990, was recognized as the best sub in the Atlantic fleet.

“And all of us justifiable take pride not only what we have in our tours, but also what has been done by those that preceded us and those that came after us.”

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NH News
4:46 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lead And Asbestos-Ridden 'Alcatraz Of The East' For Lease At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

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The US Navy will offer for lease the former Naval Prison on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The Navy has twice before sought private-sector redevelopment of the old Naval Prison, which closed in 1974.  It was built in 1908, and has been called the “Alcatraz of the East.”

The medieval-looking multi-story building is 265,000 square feet and has 11 and a half acres of waterfront land.

The new tenant would be responsible for ensuring structural stability in the now-dilapidated building, and cleaning up hazardous waste, including asbestos and lead paint.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Could Strain Seacoast Economics

While for many the government shutdown is just another artifact in the news cycle, many thousands are facing losing some paychecks.
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The government shut-down hit home for more than 1,700 civilian employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and that could deal a serious blow to the economy of the seacoast region.

The scene outside of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday painted a picture of what thousands of furloughed federal workers looks like you’ll see a long steady stream of cars leaving the base, but just a trickle headed the other way.

That’s because while most at the shipyard were told to report to work, many were pulled one-by-one into the office of their supervisors and handed a letter.

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NH News
3:57 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Shea-Porter Visits Shipyard; Hopes To Reverse Sequestration

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
Credit Roger Wood

New Hampshire First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says she sympathizes with federal government employees who face furloughs.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Naval Shipyard Workers Rally Against Cuts

John Joyal
Credit Roger Wood

Portsmouth Navy Yard workers and their supporters are rallying to oppose furloughs they face because of federal budget cuts.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Navy Considers Closing Portsmouth Shipyard One Day Per Week

Paul O'Connor, President of Metal Trades Council
Credit Roger Wood

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard may be forced to close down completely one day a week, under federal budget sequestration.

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5:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Maine's Senators Warn Of Sequestration's Consequences At Naval Yard

Two Senators warned  of what they call “horrendous”  consequences for the workers and projects at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, if Department of Defense funds are sequestered.

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NH News
1:39 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Former Shipyard Worker Pleads Guilty To Arson

A civilian worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has pled guilty to two counts of arson. The Portland, Maine US Attorneys office says 24-year old Casey Fury set fire to the USS Miami on May 23rd, causing extensive damage to the attack submarine.

Five first responders were injured fighting the first blaze.

Fury was hired as a sandblaster and painter at the shipyard.

The parties have agreed to recommend a federal prison sentence of between 15 and 19 years.

NH News
3:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

N.H. Man Accused Of Setting Sub Fire To Stay In Jail

A civilian worker accused of setting a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine has been ordered to stay in jail pending trial.

Casey James Fury, of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The 24-year-old defendant had asked to be released on home confinement, but a magistrate judge says Fury poses too great a risk to society.

All Things Considered
4:57 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Navy: Portsmouth Shipyard Fires Caused By "Anxious" Arsonist

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The US Attorney’s office says two fires at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard were caused by a civilian shipyard worker. The first fire caused massive damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine.

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NH News
10:47 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Worker Charged With Arson In Maine Sub Fire

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L. Scott

A civilian worker has admitted to starting a fire aboard the U.S.S. Miami nuclear submarine last May.  The fire caused $400 million in damage, and was followed by another suspicious dock fire.

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All Things Considered
4:44 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Navy Could Be Shifting Focus of Shipyard Fire Investigation

The USS Miami in the North Arabian Sea in 2007. The nuclear submarine was heavily damaged in a fire in May at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L. Scott

Yesterday New Hampshire’s US Senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, honored the first responders to the massive fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine.

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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

A Shipyard Tragedy Almost Fifty Years Ago

The USS Thresher in 1961, two years before it sank in the Atlantic.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center. USNHC # NH 97551.

Navy officials continue to investigate the massive fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The blaze caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine, which had come to Portsmouth for an overhaul.

For longtime Seacoast residents, the accident brings to mind the tragedy of the USS Thresher, a nuclear sub based in Portsmouth. Nearly a half century ago, the Thresher sank several hundred miles off the East Coast; all of its 129 crew members died.

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All Things Considered
5:44 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Fire Causes "Extensive Damage" at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Officials at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard say last night’s fire on a nuclear-powered submarine caused extensive damage, and that seven people, including five firefighters, suffered minor injuries.

Deborah Mcdermott has been reporting on the fire for Seacoast Online. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the aftermath of the fire.

The Exchange
10:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

The Fate of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Will Defense cuts hit home in New Hampshire?  As a national conversation begins over military base closures, there’s a possibility that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be on the list.  Seven years ago, that was the case but a fierce fight helped save the Shipyard.  We’ll look at how this federal process is starting up and how “at risk” Portsmouth may be this time around.


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10:28 am
Thu December 8, 2011

How Defense And Other Federal Spending In NH Stacks Up To The Rest Of The Country

Carla Uriona, Sarah Emmons, and Liz Gross Stateline

Yesterday, we showed you a cool infographic created by a team of reporters at Stateline detailing, state-by-state, how a European recession could affect the US export economy.  Although New Hampshire wasn’t among the “highest risk” states, it ranked as “high risk.”  (You can check out that post here.)

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