Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (NSY)
The Navy established a coaling station at Pearl
Harbor in 1842, but practically abandoned it in 1870 because of
a policy requiring the use of wind for powering naval vessels.
In 1873 General J.M. Schofield submitted a report recommending
the US obtain Pearl Harbor. Later that year, a reciprocity agreement
was signed allowing Hawaii to ship sugar to the US duty free in
exchange for rights to Pearl Harbor and 800 acres of land. On
13 May 1908 Congress authorized almost $3M to establish the Pearl
Harbor Naval Shipyard.
On December 7, 1941,
the Japanese Navy sent aircraft over Oahu in two massive waves, Of 96 warships present, 18 of
the major ones were sunk or damaged, while shipyard workers pitched in to help sailors and
marines. When the attack was over, the shipyard force began picking up the pieces, with the attack's horrible results before their eyes. USS Oklahoma was overturned, and 1102 bodies were encased forever in the sunken Arizona.
As the largest ship repair facility between
the West Coast and the Far East, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard plays
a significant role in maintaining the Navy's capabilities.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
The shipyard is situated on the southern shore of
the island of Oahu. Five miles to the west lies downtown Honolulu.
Eight miles farther west is the famous tourist attraction, Waikiki
Pearl Harbor NSY occupies 308.3 acres, 177 buildings,
32 berths, 4 dry docks, and 3.5M SF of covered work area. The
facility value is $1.2B and plant equipment value is $122M.
As of September 1994, the total civilian
work force was 4,255. The total military work force was 47.
The FY94 budget for the shipyard was $380M.
The physical plant of the shipyard is being upgraded as required
to meet current and projected workload. The shipyard has several
production shop modernization programs designed to replace obsolete
plant equipment no longer capable of meeting current quality
and cost saving requirements.
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