VSRA Position Paper on Impact of Homeport Shifts

On July 16, 2013 VSRA released a position paper on the impacts of Homeport planning, along with strategies that make more short-term economic sense, as well as position the maintenance community to be more efficient and effective in the long-term. Please read and share this document in our effort to support the best solutions possible in our current fiscal environment.

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Preserve Our Fleets. Protect Our Economy. Voice Your Concern.

Click here for a PDF document containing downloads regarding the ongoing issue of US Navy Maintenance and Modernization Funding.

Ship repairers make up more than 40,000 workers in Hampton Roads. The pride they take in keeping the US Navy fleet ready for maximal operation is a critical part of the maritime industry in Virginia. The ongoing threats of funding cuts and budget uncertainties have a significant negative effect on the nation's defense readiness and the capability of the US Navy to carry out its' principal missions. Our Association continually works with elected officials and community leaders to educate decision-makers on the costs incurred by changing ship availabilities.

We are asking VSRA members and the Hampton Roads Community to contact their members of Congress and urge them to fund critical mission support, including ship depot maintenance and stop the long-term damage budget uncertainties have on fleet preparedness.


VSRA Senior Tradesperson of the Year

July 23, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that an employee at its AMSEC subsidiary was selected as the Senior Tradesperson of the Year by the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). Garrett Barber, a senior master tradesperson mechanic in AMSEC's elevator support unit division in Chesapeake, was recognized for his work aboard the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Harry Truman (CVN 75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77 CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE:

UHP and Tecnico in the News

July 08, 2014 Ship repairers are increasingly looking to balance the tables by diversifying their business lines and leveraging strong capabilities towards underserved markets. VSRA continues to advocate for increasing the industrial base through new technologies such as Off Shore Wind, but some members are finding other ways to remain a string part of the Naval fleet over the long haul. Read the Daily Press article Carrier Overhauls are Big for Small Business here .,0,5568221.story Read the article submitted by Ron Ritter on Offshore Wind by clicking Read More. Read the full article

Virginia Offshore Wind: Opportunity for Ship Repairers

July 03, 2014

Submitted by Ronald K. Ritter,

As our industry has become more aware of the maturity and viability of off shore wind technology, it is apparent that this development is not only possible but, perhaps, integral to the Hampton Roads’ economy.

Let me say at the outset that I am not an environmentalist, scientist, or engineer.  Rather, I think I am a pragmatic businessman concerned about the future viability of the shipbuilding, ship repair and manufacturing industries in Virginia, the thousands of skilled workers who make these industries hum, and by extension the viability of the Hampton Roads’ economy.  My concern is based on the fact that some 45% of the Hampton Roads’ economy is Department of Defense based (and some 80% of that is Navy driven); sequestration’s budget cuts are still in effect for the next eight years beginning in fiscal year 2016; we are losing surface ships home ported in Hampton Roads to Mayport, Florida and Rota, Spain; we could lose an aircraft carrier to the West Coast; etc.  As these reductions in funding and work continue, we must find a replacement to keep our highly skilled and trained work force engaged and our economy on a sound footing.  One realistic and viable solution to this dilemma is offshore wind.


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Minimum Wage Increased to $10.10 for Government Contractors

June 17, 2014

On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10. The Executive Order goes into effect on January 1, 2015 and only applies to government contracts awarded after January 1, 2015.

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VETS Series: RADM Dixon Smith on Transitioning VETS

April 16, 2014

VSRA members are working on a series of articles and information on best practices, challenges and resources for hiring exiting military members. Read the latest article here.

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Virginia Benefits from the Strongest Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry in U.S.

April 15, 2014

The Virginia Ship Repair Association has grown significantly in the past two years as it expands the awareness of our industry and importance of the work our memebrs accomplish for national defense and commercial growth. Please read and share the impactful story run in the Daily Press on MArch 28, 2014, which demonstrates where Virginia fits in the US maritime industry. The second link is from a follow-on piece done on WVEC TV with Mike Gooding.

 "When it comes to shipyard jobs, Virginia is king." - Hugh Lessig, Daily Press Read the Daily Press story.,0,5917927.story

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2014 "The Yard" Event winners!!!

April 14, 2014

The 3rd Annual FM99 "The Yard" bragging rights competition was twice as big as the previous year and the location could not have been better! Scott's Creek MArina was a beautiful venue surrounded by the very industry this event celebrates!

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Preparing a Business for a Successful Sale

January 23, 2014

One of the most difficult decisions an owner of a business can make is when to sell that business.  Stephen W. Burke and Rajan Singh share their expertise on this issue since many of our smaller company owners are looking ahead to secure the operations of the companies they built long into the future. The reasons to sell may include the desire or need to retire, unexpected changes in personal circumstances, competitive pressures or an interest in pursuing other opportunities. Every business owner would benefit from preparing in advance for a change in the structure of their business. Read this article to learn more.

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Transitioning Vets Series: Interview with John Andrews

January 07, 2014

Marcus Boggs, of the VSRA Communications Committee, provides an insightful article on his interview with John Andrews, special assistant to the City Manager of Norfolk Marcus Jones.  The first in a  VSRA series on Veteran's Employment, Boggs asks tough questions about how well Hampton Roads is fulfilling the mission of getting Veterans into employment and how the Ship Repair industry can better position itself to be a conduit to increasing the employability and retention of former service members.

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Officials enthusiastic about wind power possibilities

December 04, 2013

Officials enthusiastic about wind power possibilities

Bill Crow, president of the Virginia Ship Repair Association, said the 253 companies he represents are positioned to support a wind power industry in Hampton Roads, especially if there is a significant decline in military spending.

"This is a hand-in-glove perfect fit," he said.

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