Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Virginia has inaugurated its new four-storey multipurpose production training facility as part of the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command’s (NAVFAC) Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP). 

The 157,000ft², $73.3m facility will consolidate training that was previously earlier spread across the NNS.

The facility features 34 academic classrooms and 26 mock-up areas.

It will serve as the training hub for NNSY’s production workforce of more than 4,500 employees as well as personnel working in the departments of quality assurance, operations, engineering and planning, and lifting and handling.

This facility will support future training needs related to Gerald R Ford Class Carriers and Virginia Class Submarines.

Featuring training areas intended for pipefitting, welding, crane and rigging, and motor and generator repair, the facility will offer applied instruction leveraging drydock, carrier shipboard, and fall protection mock-ups. 

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Among the amenities provided at the facility include outdoor seating areas, break rooms, study rooms and a mini-mart.

NNSY commander captain Dianna Wolfson said: “This facility will not only help in meeting our one mission in the repair, modernization and inactivation of our navy’s warships and training platforms, but absolutely to do it as one team. 

“From this very place, we will be providing training for ships that will be in service decades from now, and training thousands upon thousands of shipyard employees who will develop and strengthen foundational skills for their entire careers.”

 For the completion of the project, NNSY’s Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) commander Kendall Chapman worked in coordination with engineering partner Clark Nexsen on finishing the initial design, and California-based RQ Construction for completing design and building the facility.

The ROICC oversees implementation of SIOP projects, which are currently estimated to be over $2.4bn.