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Naval Shipyards, Repair Facilities and Dry Docks

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Aloha Everyone,

 

Another topic for the Naval collectors. Post your patches and items related to Naval Shipyards, Ship Repair Facilities (SRF), Dry Docks and other maintenance facilities here.

 

First up Porthmouth Naval Shipyard, established in 1800

 

Sails & Smoothbores to Atoms & Missiles

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This was in a grouping of junk patches that I got real cheap on eBay. I had to look up what S.C.R.F. stood for which is Small Craft Repair Facility.

 

 

 

 

 

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Long Beach Naval Shipyard (NSY), Long Beach, CA (Terminal Island Naval Shipyard est. 1938) Closed due to the 1997 BRAC.

 

Navy presence on Terminal Island started in 1938. The Terminal Island Naval Dry Docks were authorized in June 1940, and construction began in August 1940 on one large drydock and two smaller docks. Recreation facilities, personnel and shop buildings were ordered in February 1942, and work began on Drydocks 2 and 3 and several piers in April 1942. On 9 February 1943, the Secretary of the Navy established the facilities as the US Naval Dry Docks, Roosevelt Base, California. Also in 1943, a barrack for Marines was built, work began on another approach pier, a 50 short tons (45 t) drydock crane was erected, and several shop buildings were started. In 1944, work started on the pontoons destined to be used in a "temporary" bridge to Terminal Island. The pontoon bridge would not be removed until the opening of the Gerald Desmond Bridge in 1968. The name of this facility was changed to Terminal Island Naval Shipyard on 30 November 1945. On 15 November 1946, the adjoining Naval Station Long Beach was established. The shipyard was renamed to Long Beach Naval Shipyard (NSY) in March 1948.

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San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard (1965-1970) The San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard was a short-lived shipyard formed in 1965 as the combination of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard (aka Hunters Point) and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The combined yards were the largest naval shipyard in the world, but the desired cost savings did not materialize, and the two yards reverted to separate existences in February 1970. The shipyard was used for radioactive testing when the United States was testing the atomic bomb. The site has since been contaminated. Now the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a Superfund site, as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is the Navy's job to clean up the site to "reasonable" levels to those who live adjacent to the shipyard.

 

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Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (1974-1994) aka San Francisco Naval Shipyard 1941-1974


The shipyard was purchased by the Navy in 1940, a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It began operations the next year as the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, and operated until 1974 when it was deactivated and renamed Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Used commercially for a time, in 1986 it was taken over by the Navy again as the home port of the USS Missouri battlegroup, under the name Treasure Island Naval Station Hunters Point Annex.


The base was named redundant as part of the Base Realignment and Closure effort in 1991, and was closed permanently in 1994. Since then the site has been part of a superfund cleanup effort to remediate the leftovers of decades of industrial and radiological use.

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Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) 1854-1996 The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo, California. The Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard (Mare Island, California) from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier US West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, and parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975

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BOSTON NAVAL SHIPYARD - The Boston Navy Yard, originally called the Charlestown Navy Yard and later Boston Naval Shipyard, was one of the oldest shipbuilding facilities in the United States Navy. It was established in 1801 as part of the recent establishment of the new U.S. Department of the Navy in 1798. After 175 years of military service, it was decommissioned as a naval installation on 1 July 1974.

 

Throughout its history the Charlestown Navy Yard has been referred to by a number of different names. Navy tradition dictates that a shore station or yard was named after the largest city in the geographical area—in this case the U.S. Navy Yard, Boston. However, most yards were known by multiple names, the alternative, like Charlestown, usually being the name of the actual place where the yard was located. Throughout the 19th century, "navy yard at Boston " and "navy yard at Charlestown " frequently appeared in both correspondence and Congressional legislation, often interchangeably. It does not appear that there was ever a formal order naming the facility until the November 1945 reorganization of naval shore establishments, when it became the Boston Naval Shipyard.

 

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"The oldest vessel in the Naval Register (with the exception of USS Constitution)"

 

DYNAMIC (AFDL-6) - AFDL-1 Class Small Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock: Laid down, date unknown, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Eureka, CA. Delivered and Commissioned, USS AFD-6, 1 March 1944

Decommissioned and placed in service, date unknown. Redesignated AFDL-6, 1 August 1946, Named Dynamic, date unknown. Current Disposition, in service at NAB Little Creek, VA, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center's (MARMC)

 

Dynamic is a single, rigid piece floating dry-dock designed for a maximum lift capacity of 950 light/tons. The dry dock was designed under the direction of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and was constructed by Chicago Bridge and Iron Company of Eureka, Calif. Construction was completed on March 11, 1944. Dynamic is the oldest vessel in the Naval Register (with the exception of USS Constitution), and will turn 76 years old in 2020.

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USS RICHLAND (YFD-4, AFDM-8) AFDM-3 class medium auxiliary floating drydock built in California for the U.S. Navy, in service 1944 to 1997. YFD-64 was redesignated AFDM-8 on 1 August 1946, placed in service at Guam on 1 January 1947. The floating drydock supported Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine maintenance at Guam for over forty years. She was named Richland on 6 April 1968. The drydock was struck from the Navy List on 22 August 1997 and transferred to the local redevelopment authority in Guam on 6 April 1999

 

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