To help handle an increasing workload, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be adding 350 jobs this year, Navy Times reported. This decision comes from the shipyard's new commander Captain David Hunt, who wants all three of the country's oldest operating navy shipyard dry docks to handle Virginia-class submarines, something only two are capable of right now.
Later this year, construction will begin to build barracks for sailors to stay in while their submarines are being repaired, serviced and overhauled.
According to Seacoast Online, Hunt's future plans for the shipyard have fueled the need for a workforce expansion. Currently, 5,400 workers are employed there.
"We have to set the stage to be a three-dock capability shipyard," Hunt said, Seacoast Online reported. "That groundwork will be done during my tour here to set the shipyard up for the future."
The source added that the first step in preparing for a Virginia-class capable dry dock is a $7.2 million construction of a super flood basin. Furthermore, also included in the shipyard modernization are plans to upgrade piping and sheet metals shops, build a new blast and paint facility, upgrade utilities and develop a medical clinic.