The ride on the idyllic roads of Maine, it’s hard not to get swept up in the beauty of the landscape: rugged sea coastline, landmark lighthouses, and quaint shops, all of the stud area. But as the small town of Kittery, comes into view, the mood shifts from a laid-back-beachy vibe to a fast-paced military operation.
As tensions escalate between the U.S., North Korea and Iran over nuclear capabilities and intentions, thousands of civilians and Navy personnel at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are hard at work, overhaul, repair and modernization of US U-boats, might be sent one day in the battle.
“The economic impact is enormous.”
– John Joyal, Coast Shipyard Association
The shipyard is always busy and one of four Navy-owned and operated in the United States, currently more of his work – courtesy of the trump management. The employees are instructed to ensure subs are warfighter ready and have no room for error.
The Navy recently got the green light for the expansion of its current fleet of 275 usable for vessels up to 355 in the next ten years. The order means that thousands of U.S. jobs now in Kittery, as well as at the naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., Norfolk, Va., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The U-boats, which make you, are the ultimate in self-catering-machines of war, but the process of construction, it bears the economic benefits, the surrounding communities, such as concentric shafts.
If the shipyard does well, the community does well.
“The economic impact is enormous,” John Joyal, Chairman of the coastal shipyard Association, said Fox News. “Real estate, goods, gas stations, restaurants… everything is connected. We give back to the community and the community returns to us.”
Joyal, now retired, is a third-generation shipyard employee who worked on the base for almost 40 years. His grandfather worked there during the second world war, followed by his father and then him. Now, his son is busy, there are as a third year apprentice electrician.
“It’s kind of a family business is here,” Capt. David Hunt, commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, recently told Fox News. He added that “pride, respect and responsibility” are all tenents of the yard, where members of the military and civilian personnel have worked side-by-side for years.
Located on the southern tip of Maine, PNSY encompasses federally owned Seavey Island, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River and is across the Harbor from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Officially created on June 17, 1800, under President Thomas Jefferson, has passed the shipyard, two centuries of transitions from sail -, steam -, nuclear-and nuclear fuels. During the two world wars, the production of PNSY was unsurpassed by any other naval submarine facility in America.
Today, it covers more than 297 acres and is a bustling mini-city. There are about 300 buildings with more than four million square feet, including 49 ship-repair and rehabilitation of buildings.
It has three dry docks and dealing with all active classes of submarines including the Los Angeles-class and the new generation of submarines-the Virginia – class is capable of.
The Virginia-class giants, “America’s most efficient and lethal defense system to the sea. You can use missiles to launch tomahawk cruise and deploy a team of Navy SEALS under the surface.
New Hampshire-democratic sen. Jeanne Shaheen said on Fox News that the shipyard is “crucial to our national security, but is also a critical economic engine for New Hampshire’s coast.”
“The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard provides the gold-standard of public shipyards in our country,” she added.
To underline the point, Shaheen successfully requested the Department of Defense to release PNSY employees of a government-wide hiring freeze, the trump administration imposed a few days after taking office in January.
This year, the base is on course for 480 new hires.
In 2016, the shipyard, the shipyard made 650 new hires and a share of $756.1 million in total economic activity, according to an annual report from the coast Association. It 6,914 civilian jobs with a payroll of about $496.2 million dollars – an increase of more than 14 million US in 2015.
About 57 percent of the shipyard’s civilian employees come from Maine. Last year, the shipyard paid $282 million in wages to more than 3,800 civilians in 58 municipalities in the state.
In New Hampshire, 2,535 civilian employees from 58 municipalities paid $177.7 million, while another 282 civilian workers from 24 cities and towns in Massachusetts accounted for $16.6 million euros.
“The impact of the yard is pretty big and has a wonderfully positive effect on the community,” Valerie Rochon, President of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, told Fox News.
It is a partnership, the respect of both the military and the cities they support, and protect.
In February, when the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS New Hampshire arrived at the PNSY for maintenance work, the sailors offered to work in the community. The Church leaders, which in turn officers stated hosted on a thank-you cruise on the Gundalow, kick-off, Portsmouth “Hit the Decks” summer.