PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The watchdog agency for Congress says Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is one of four of the Navy’s aging public shipyards that are failing to fully meet the military’s needs.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that a Government Accountability Office report is sharply critical of the four facilities.
It found that a backlog of projects to maintain and restore ships will take 19 years to clear. The cost of the backlogged projects has grown 41 percent to an estimated $4.86 billion.
All of the shipyards were built at least a century ago. And they were designed to deal with older vessels, reducing their efficiency.
The four facilities are Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine; Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Hawaii and Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia.