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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“Korea - 1965”

 

—Path of History Portsmouth, VA —

 
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. The outbreak of hostilities in Korea in 1950 increased the workload once again. The shipyard completed work on more than 1,250 naval vessels and also built its last two warships, the wooden-hulled minesweepers Bold and Bulwark.

Wide-ranging technological advances continued to bring changes to the shipyard’s role and mission. Changes in fleet components triggered adjustments in the nature and scope of overhaul and repair. One development was the shipyard’s attainment of nuclear power capability in the early part of 1965 when the USS Skate (SSN-578) became the first modern submarine to undergo a major overhaul at the shipyard.

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(left) Shop 62 performed lead roles in the laminated wood construction of the non-magnetic minesweepers Bold and Bulwark from December 12, 1951 to March 28, 1953. Mrs. Porter Hardy christened the USS Bold and Mrs. J.L. Maloney christened the USS Bulwark.
(right) The first overhaul and refueling of a nuclear vessel at NNSY commenced with the arrival of the submarine Skate in April 1965. Launched in 1957, the USS Skate was the first submarine to surface at the North Pole. It also the first to transit the Atlantic Ocean completely submerged. The USS Skate also 31 days submerged in 1958
Gosport Park north entrance image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Gosport Park north entrance
with a sealed atmosphere.
 
Location. 36° 49.704′ N, 76° 17.854′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Sail portion of the USS Thomas Jefferson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, KoreanWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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