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The Port of San Diego is home to the largest and most capable shipbuilding and repair cluster on the American West Coast. Five shipyards including BAE Systems, Continental Maritime, General Dynamics NASSCO, Newport News Shipbuilding and Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, along with their suppliers, build, repair and maintain U.S. Navy vessels homeported here and commercial vessels bound for the far seas.
The industry employs 14,000 workers, 94 percent of whom are San Diego County residents, 17 percent of whom live within two miles of the shipyards.
Their range of skills and expertise is broad: architects, engineers, machinists, welders, electricians, riggers, plumbers, steamfitters, painters, boilermakers and more. Ship-building and repair-related jobs in the county generate $1.25 billion in payroll and contribute $1.75 billion directly and indirectly to the gross regional product in San Diego County.
As part of the Navy’s “Rebalance to the Pacific,” 60 percent of its surface fleet will be based in the Pacific Ocean by 2020, with a sizeable element homeported in San Diego. That means a dramatic and sustained increase in local shipyards for repair, maintenance and modernization of U.S. naval vessels.
In 2016 the Navy ordered contracts with three San Diego shipyards totaling up to $1.3 billion during the next 5 years to repair and modernize warships. General Dynamics-NASSCO, BAE Systems and Continental Maritime have all received contracts. NASSCO is the largest (and only) new-construction shipyard on the West Coast of the United States.
The shipbuilding and repair industries represent a strategic asset on the West Coast and an important economic contributor for the entire San Diego region.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins received a special homecoming as it returned to San Diego Thursday.
A fundraiser this Saturday in Mira Mesa aims to help homeless veterans and dogs. The Cammies & Canines: Hops, Pops & Dogs event will be held at Protector Brewery the day before Father's Day to honor dads and support local veteran-run nonprofit Cammies & Canines Sanctuary.
Military servicemembers from two countries are on a new mission Friday to help veterans who suffer from mental health problems.
Many San Diegans spent Memorial Day remembering those who made ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country.
San Diego City Councilmen Chris Ward and David Alvarez are expected Monday to attend the fourth annual Truman San Diego Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
In a ceremony at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, people paid homage to those who lost their lives in service to our great nation.
Coleman University paid tribute to military service members during its 55th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day.
Coleman University paid tribute to military service members during its 55th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day. Members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West from Camp Pendleton provided the color guard, as graduates made their way into Spreckels Pavilion in Balboa Park.
Beginning Thursday through July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country.
From the battlefield to books, writing gives a lot of veterans an outlet to deal with everything that comes their way.