Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is the largest and most diverse shipyard on the West Coast, as well as being the northwest's largest naval shore activity. Additionally, it is the second largest industrial facility in the State of Washington, both in terms of plant investment and in the number of civilians employed. The shipyard mission is wide ranging in that it possesses the capabilities to overhaul and repair all types and sizes of ships of the United States Navy while also serving as home port for a nuclear aircraft carrier, two nuclear cruisers and three fleet support ships (two fast combat support ships (AOE), one replenishment fleet tanker (AOR)). The shipyard's other significant capabilities include alteration, construction, deactivation, and drydocking of all types of naval vessels. The shipyard has a state-of-the-art emergency power generating system capable of providing backup power for all ships. In addition to in-yard work, the shipyard has a very active program of providing repair teams to accomplish on-site repair work on a variety of naval ships at their home port locations. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has been recognized as the Navy's best installation worldwide and is the recipient of the 1991 Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award.
The shipyard is located adjacent to the city of Bremerton in Western Washington on the west side of Puget Sound. Major cities within proximity to the shipyard include Seattle (one hour by ferry) and Tacoma (approximately 30 miles by road). The shipyard is also located within 50 miles of such DOD installations as the US Navy's TRIDENT Submarine Base, Bangor, WA; Fort Lewis Army Base, and McChord Air Force Base, both in Tacoma, WA.
The shipyard covers 327 acres of hard land and 338 acres of submerged land. Included in the complex are nine piers, with 12,300 lineal feet of deep water pier space, four moorings, 382 buildings with a total of 6,078,000 SF and six drydocks, of which Drydock No. 6 is the largest on the West Coast and is suitable for aircraft carriers. The facility acquisition cost is $433M and the plant equipment acquisition cost is $261M. A natural harbor and temperate climate provide deep, clear water and ice-free moorage for any size of naval vessel throughout the year.
In 1994 Puget Sound NSY had a civilian work force of 10,588 and a military work force of 330. The total payroll was $550M.