Trident Refit Facility Wins Navy Safety Award

Story Number: NNS160324-16Release Date: 3/24/2016 4:16:00 PM
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By Mark Turney, Naval Safety Center Public Affairs

KINGS BAY, Ga (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Christopher Murray, Commanding Officer, Naval Safety Center, announced today that TRIDENT Refit Facility, Kings Bay, was the Navy winner of the Fiscal Year 2015 Chief of Naval Operations Shore Safety Award in the medium industrial-level category.

The award recognizes outstanding support and achievement in safety and occupational health. By having continuing declining trend in mishap reduction, and costs associated with them, it was identified that TRF demonstrated a strong culture of safety within all levels of the command. Additionally, TRF showed the most innovative and enthusiastic approach to promoting safety and made significant contributions toward mishap reduction and increasing mission readiness.

"This is a fantastic achievement that your entire command should be very proud of," said Vice Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic. "Please pass a hearty "BZ" to your entire team for a job well done!"

In fiscal year 2015, TRF personnel completed 15 submarine refit periods for a total of 917 refit days, 7 voyage repair periods for a total of 893 refit days, and provided emergent submarine repairs for six U.S. submarines and two United Kingdom submarines for a total of 92 refit days, all in one 365-day period. During the past three years, TRF has reduced by 38 percent its OSHA reportable mishaps.

TRF is the Navy's only shore-based submarine repair facility in the southeast United States and the only repair facility certified for handling explosive ordnance. It is important to note that TRF completed all availabilities during this timeframe on time or ahead of schedule. TRF personnel expended more than 1 million production man-hours in submarine maintenance and other support. More than 35,000 man-hours were involved in each refit, with two to three submarines in a refit status at any given time.

Capt. Gunter Braun, Commanding Officer of TRF, congratulated all employees earlier today, saying, "Congratulations on a job well done to TRF Kings Bay! Your dedicated efforts to promote a safe, secure environment are what made this award possible. Each and every one of our employees helped make this happen."

This marks the first time that TRF has won this prestigious safety award.

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