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Virginia Ship Repair Foundation, Local Shipyards Host Tour for Welding, Electrical Students

November 24, 2015

Norfolk, VA – The Virginia Ship Repair Foundation (VSRF) is hosting a shipyard tour for students from Buckingham County Career & Technical Center on Monday, November 30, 2015. Students will tour Colonna’s Shipyard, Tecnico Corporation, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, and the USS Bataan, learning about potential careers in the ship repair industry and the vital role that local tradesmen play in maintaining the naval and commercial fleets in the Port of Norfolk.

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2015 Tradesmen of the Year Awardees!

June 03, 2015

WVEC Interview on "Cromnibus" Budget with Bill Crow

December 04, 2014

Continuing Resolutions hinder ship repair planning and production. Read the interview of Bill Crow with Mike Gooding of WVEC at the link provided below explaining why our industry must contuinue to educate elected officials on the long-term effects Continuing Resolutions have on the the strength of our Naval fleet.

WVEC Interview on "Cromnibus" Budget

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Industry/Navy Discussion Points to Focus Areas for 2015

November 06, 2014

On September 11, 2014, following the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium, the first Industry Navy Discussion Panel (INDP) which is the replacement for the Joint Industry/Navy Improvements Initiative (JINII), was convened. 

The panel included Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Deputy Chief of Staff, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Rear Admiral William J. Galinis, Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Centers (CNRMC); and Mr. Dale Hirschman, Technical Director, CNRMC.  Attendees included over one hundred industry representatives.

 Mr. Hirschman led the discussion of several current, critical issues facing both the Navy and industry in the area of shipbuilding, repair and modernization, each of which was followed by a lively discussion by the attendees:

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Maritime Reporter Vice Adm. Hilarides Interview

September 22, 2014

Please click on the link to the full article located on page 57-58.

Maritime Reporter and Engineering Interview with Vice Adm. Hilarides


Virginian-Pilot Feature Story: VSRA Schools Outreach

August 11, 2014

In support of our Strategic Plan's direction for workforce development, the Virginia Ship Repair Association, through the support and dedicated efforts of the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation, launched a new program designed to reach out to the 23 Public Technical Schools in Virginia.

Full Pilot Online Article

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ODU's Courses in Public Procurement and Contract Management

August 04, 2014

ODU will be offering classes in public procurement and contract management in the upcoming Fall 2014 semester. Four of the five classes will be taught online.

Please click here to view the ODU PPCM Fall 2014 Classes Flyer

Please click here to view the Directions for Registering for a PPCM Course

Here are the tuition rates:

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification        Cost per credit hour

Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile)                                   $437

Students living outside of Virginia                                              $456

* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile                                  $1089

Please click here for a link to the website for the program.



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 strong part of the Naval fleet over the long haul.

Read the Daily Press article Carrier Overhauls are Big for Small Business here

Read the article submitted by Ron Ritter on Offshore Wind by clicking Read More.

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Virginia Offshore Wind: Opportunity for Ship Repairers

July 03, 2014


Virginia Offshore Wind Development, by Ronald K. Ritter


Four years ago, when the Governor asked me to be a member of the newly created Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA), I was highly skeptical. After all, I thought, who is going to agree to put hundreds of huge windmills off the coast of Virginia Beach?  But, as I became more aware of the maturity and viability of this technology, I realized that this development was not only possible but, perhaps, integral to the Hampton Roads’ economy.

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