US Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) has returned to the fleet following successful completion of its drydocking selected restricted availability (DSRA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY).
The Los Angeles-class submarine spent just over a year at NNSY to replace, repair and overhaul components throughout the boat, as the shipyard’s first DSRA in a decade. Pasadena served as NNSY’s pilot project leveraging the naval sustainment system—shipyards (NSS-SY) program.
Specifically, the NSS-SY program is underway at all four public shipyards, to drive quick and visible improvements in ship maintenance. During the overhaul, Navy leaders such as Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker visited NNSY and met with the Pasadena team to pledge their support and discuss the drive to “get real, get better.
While Pasadena did not meet its original completion date, these improvements helped deliver the boat back to the fleet and are being implemented on other NNSY overhauls, to include USS Toledo (SSN 769) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
“Following a tremendous amount of effort and teaming on a very challenging availability, Pasadena has returned to the Fleet to meet its significant operational commitment for our Navy and Nation,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Dianna Wolfson.
Project Superintendent Frank Williams said the project team stayed focused throughout all phases of the availability on knowledge sharing and maintaining schedule. Beyond NSS-SY improvements, Pasadena’s team incorporated lessons learned from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s USS Newport News (SSN 750) DSRA in planning the availability and executing similar jobs.