KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Government Accountability Office says the nation's public shipyards are not fully meeting the Navy's needs and are dire in need of improvements.
But the commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says it's not as easy as bulldozing buildings and starting over at a facility that's more than 200 years old. Capt. David Hunt said few improvements can move forward without taking into account historic preservation.
Nonetheless, he says high tech and history co-exist harmoniously, for the most part, as the shipyard manages upgrades and overhauls submarines at the same time.
The Navy says the GAO report last month wasn't surprising. An engineering and design study launched this summer by the Navy is aimed at making the shipyards more efficient. It will be completed in the coming year.