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.

 Click Here to Download the Document.



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.


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

 WVEC News Piece:




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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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Protect our Navy - 2014 Appropriations Bill

November 01, 2013

2014 will be another challenge for the maintenance community. Watch coverage.

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VSRA Hosts Sen. Warner: Budgets and Syria

September 07, 2013

Sen. Warner visited with Board members of the Virginia Ship Repair Association and Ship Repair workers on Sept. 6, 2013. The day of meetings and visits to shipyards highlighted the need for the industry to stay engaged with elected officials on budgetary issues as the new fiscal year approaches.

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VSRA 18th Annual Safety & Health Seminar - REGISTER NOW!

September 03, 2013

Early Bird Registration has begun for the VSRA 18th Annual Safety & Health Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - REGISTER NOW!  Seating will be limited, so be sure to reserve your seats early!  You will be invoiced.

Please click here to register.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m.  Breakfast and registration are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Opening session begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Theme:  "Home Safe - Not Just for Baseball”

VSRA hosts a Safety & Health seminar each year for the benefit of its members and employees. This event is sponsored by the Safety Committee. This is a dynamic day of presentations, activities and networking for employees who ensure their personal safety and those around them.

Please click here to view the Safety & Health Seminar Flyer

Please click here to view the Sponsorship Package.

Please contact Sylvia Bell if you have any questions at or call (757)233-7034.

SCA Weekly Report | July 15-19, 2013

July 22, 2013

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