Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will celebrate its bicentennial by hosting official observances June 10 -12, 2000. Located between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a 200-year history of providing the U. S. Navy with state-of-the-art warships. The Portsmouth professionals overhauled the USS Constitution in 1837; constructed more than 70 submarines during World War II, and, in 1958, built America's first nuclear submarine in a government shipyard. Currently, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard overhauls, repairs, modernizes, and refuels Los Angeles class nuclear-powered submarines.
Special guests to be honored during the bicentennial include Sens. Olympia Snowe from Maine, Bob Smith of New Hampshire, Rep. John Sununu of New Hampshire, Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, Navy Adm. Skip Bowman, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and Vice Adm. Pete Nanos, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
Along with numerous events at the shipyard, port visits are scheduled for the Trident ballistic submarine the USS Maine, commissioned in Portsmouth in 1996, and the USCGC Reliance. Media tours are scheduled for these ships on Friday, June 9, 2000.
Media availabilities will also occur throughout the weekend for the principal guests. Shipyard employees including engineers, technicians, tradesmen, along with many submarine veterans having unique perspectives on the installation's long and varied history will also be available throughout the weekend. For information on the schedule of events for the weekend open house visit the shipyard's web site at http://www.ports.navy.mil/uptwodayschedule.htm (no longer available).
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employs more than 3,600 workers and has a $270 million economic impact on the tri-state area of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
For information related to the bicentennial, contact Deb White at (207) 438-1525.