Commander, Submarine Group Two

120210-N-PN306-010 GROTON, Conn. (Feb. 10, 2012) Los Angeles-class
attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) arrives at Naval Submarine Base
New London following their recently completed engineered overhaul consisting
of various maintenance work and several system upgrades at Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard. San Juan began their overhaul in April 2010. (U.S. Navy
photograph by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg/Released)
USS San Juan Returns to Groton Eight Days Early
GROTON, Conn. - On Feb. 11, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard delivered USS San Juan (SSN 751) back to the Fleet eight days ahead of schedule.
San Juan arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on April 8, 2010, for an Engineered Overhaul (EOH). The project team and ship’s crew worked seamlessly throughout the overhaul to overcome many challenges and complete the EOH early—returning San Juan to the Fleet and her homeport of Groton, CT, eight days earlier than the original scheduled delivery date.
The project team’s goal was to complete San Juan with Portsmouth quality and “put the shipyard in San Juan’s rearview mirror,” said Project Superintendent DK Horne during her August undocking evolution. That statement would serve as the project team’s motto as they worked hard to successfully execute the project end game.
“We did some things differently on San Juan and it paid off,” said Horne. “We made more progress in her availability prior to undocking than any engineered overhaul the shipyard has performed in the past—thanks to that tremendous effort and execution excellence by the shipyard and crew, San Juan is ready to perform her Fleet mission for the Navy more than a week ahead of schedule!”
“The operational demand for our Submarine Force is of vital importance,” said Shipyard Commander, Capt. Bryant Fuller. “Thanks to the team effort put forth by San Juan’s crew and the skilled craftsmen and women of the shipyard, we have successfully returned eight days of operational time to the Fleet—that cannot be overstated.”
After sea trials, San Juan’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Ollie Lewis, said he was thrilled with the performance of the shipyard and the San Juan's crew. "It's wonderful to be back in Groton after successfully completing our maintenance overhaul early,” he said. “[This] is a tribute to the dedication of both Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the USS San Juan crew.”
The on-time completion of submarine availabilities is critical in the maintenance of today’s Fleet and is essential to supporting the Maritime Strategy. PNSY, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the Fleet by delivering on-time, affordable quality, safely achieved.