Total Force Puts Navy Ethos to Work, Gets Back to Basics To Undock Boise Early

Story Number: NNS090731-35Release Date: 7/31/2009 10:51:00 PM
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From Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Boise (SSN 764) undocked five days earlier than scheduled on July 16 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) during the largest modernization package to date on a Los Angeles-class submarine.

Boise is currently undergoing a five-month drydocking selected restricted availability (DSRA) at NNSY, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

"Undocking Boise five days early is a big step towards improving our performance on Los Angeles-class submarines, and validates our efforts in this area of our business," said Buddy Bennett, NNSY submarine program manager. The project team's ability to plan and execute this size package is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of all involved."

The Boise availability is the latest in a string of successful submarine projects at NNSY using the "Back to Basics" approach. "Back to Basics," one of the key focus areas of NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, is about eliminating bottlenecks and optimizing the workday to improve shipyard processes with the goal of completing quality availabilities, on time and on cost.

Boise team leaders integrated Norfolk Naval Shipyard personnel, ship's force, alteration installation teams and a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard team brought in to replace the submarine battery.

"While the high number of alterations and many different groups working together could have proved challenging, on this project it was flawless," said Bennett.

"After undocking five days early, now we're working to a very aggressive end game to deliver the boat back to the fleet early in August," said Boise Project Superintendent, Billy Cox.

NNSY is one of four public shipyards that play a major role in maintaining America's fleet and providing wartime surge capability to keep the nation's ships ready for combat.

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