Friday, November 04, 2011

USS San Francisco Undocks Early

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS San Francisco (SSN 711) successfully undocked 20 days ahead of schedule at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Det. San Diego, Nov. 1, saving the Navy more than $1 million and settting the stage for an on-time or early delivery of the submarine to the fleet.

The Los Angeles-class, submarine pulled into floating dry dock Arco (ARDM 5) June 30, for an extensive Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability (PIRA), the largest work period ever conducted by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at its San Diego detachment.

"It was imperative that we get the boat back in the water and the crew focusing on what it is supposed to do tactically," said Assistant Project Superintendent Ricky Davis. "With this national security asset back in the water, we can drive towards completion of the availability and San Francisco can focus on final preparations for fleet tasking."

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, provides the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet with quality overhaul work in a safe, timely and affordable manner. This includes a full spectrum of in-house support - from engineering services and production shops, to unique capabilities and facilities, to off-site support - all of which serves the multifaceted assortment of Fleet requirements.