Now, as a crane mechanic, Pang has learned a lot of
skills that she can apply elsewhere, such as repairing
her own car.
“It’s not just eight hours a day, it’s a whole life,” she said.
Fogel focuses on managing cost performance,
schedule performance, quality, safety and behavior.
“We execute our mission to meet Navy needs, get-
ting planned work done as well as by responding to
emergencies. Production capacity is my real driver,” he
said. “Doing our work better and safer drives produc-
The apprenticeship program is one tangible way to
deliver that capacity, Fogel said.
“It takes everyone, from the shipyard apprentices to
management to our union partners,” he noted.
Fogel said the yard has come a long way from being
threatened by the Base Realignment and Closure of
2005 to being named the best depot maintenance and
repair facility among all the military services in 2010.
Pearl Harbor’s work force recently was recognized
for their support to the Virginia-class submarines
newly assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet; their execu-
tion of the first public shipyard Cruiser Modernization
Program availability; and scheduled maintenance and
high priority repairs on ships and submarines. The
shipyard performed 23 docking and undocking evolu-
tions last year.