Ho'okele Staff | Aug 20, 2012
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Public Affairs
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) completed a six-month maintenance period Aug. 5 on USS Santa Fe (SSN 763). The project was on schedule and within budget.
About 63,500 man-days of work were accomplished during the drydocking selected restricted availability (DSRA) of the Pearl Harbor-homeported submarine.
“The entire Santa Fe project team, including all the workers, really put forth a great effort to complete this availability on time,” said Scott Sandin, project superintendent.
“I would like to thank all of the Santa Fe team for working so hard to get this victory for the shipyard. There were times we asked for more than 100 percent of our people, but they came through in order to meet the mission,” he said.
Sandin acknowledged the excellent teamwork and support by the ship’s force. “Completing Santa Fe on time required a fantastic collaboration between the shipyard and the ship,” he said. “Santa Fe’s officers and crew, in particular, commanding officer Cmdr. David Adams and DSRA coordinator Lt. Andres “A.J.” Aviles, were focused and driven to complete their workload and to support the shipyard executing our heavy workload,” he said.
Santa Fe is the Navy’s 52nd Los Angeles-class, fast attack, nuclear-powered submarine and was com missioned Jan. 8, 1994 at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Conn.
After completing builder’s trials and follow-on outfitting, Santa Fe transited to the Pacific Ocean in March 1995 to be based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Santa Fe is the second ship to be named in honor of the capital city of New Mexico. An improved Los Angeles-class (or 688I) submarine, she features the BSY-1 combat system, retractable bow planes and 12 vertical launch tubes for cruise missile strikes.
The shipyard is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in the state of Hawaii with a combined civilian and military workforce of about 4,850. The Navy’s largest ship repair facility between the west coast and the Far East, the shipyard is strategically located in the mid-Pacific about a week of steam time closer to potential major regional contingencies in East Asia than sites on the west coast.