San Diego has been one of the U.S. Navy’s most important homeports for generations. As the Navy “rebalances” or “pivots” toward the Pacific,
the city is poised to become even more significant.
“Soon, 60 percent of our growing surface force will be
tethered to this fleet concentration area,” said VADM
Thomas S. Rowden, commander of the U.S. Naval Surface
Force. “America’s Navy will influence world’s events and
San Diego will continue to influence America’s Navy and
the surface force in profound ways. San Diego’s regional
economy will notably benefit from this rebalance strategy.
“San Diegans make an inspired difference for
America’s Navy and our surface force,” Rowden said.
“San Diego will now, and in the future, be an indispen-The port is home to shipyards that can build new
ships as well as maintain, repair and modernize them
— which is important, because as the number of San
Diego-based ships increases, so does the need to be
able to take care of them. Sixty ships currently are
homeported in San Diego, with an additional 19 ships
to be homeported there by 2020.
Several master ship repair facilities are located close by their Navy
customers, and they, in turn, have
numerous smaller companies close
by providing all kinds of material
and services vital to the business of
building and fixing ships.
“We maintain and modernize
our ships in world-class shipyards,”
Rowden said. “Without hesitation,
the repair capability that exists on
the San Diego waterfront is vital to
the surface force. The material
readiness of our surface force
depends on the capability that
exists on this waterfront today.
Talented engineers and craftsmen
on this working waterfront measurably boost economic impact and, more importantly
to me, enhance our warfighting capabilities.
“This working waterfront matters for our ship readiness and regional economy,” he said. “The shipyard
and repair industry in San Diego pays the premium for
our nation’s insurance policy called the Navy and
Marine Corps Team.”
General Dynamics NASSCO, located adjacent to Naval
Station San Diego, is the only shipyard on the West Coast
doing both new construction and repair. NASSCO
employs more than 3,200 highly skilled personnel and is
a key strategic asset in San Diego with the capability to
design, construct and repair U.S. Navy and commercial
ships. Currently, it has the largest backlog in company
history, which includes the third Mobile Landing
Platform-Afloat Forward Staging Base for Military Sealift
Command; two liquefied natural gas-powered container
ships for TOTE Shipholdings, and five ECO product
tankers for American Petroleum Tankers and three for
SEACOR Ocean Transport Inc.
Reliance on San Diego bases, shipyard and repair
facilities will grow as Navy pivots to the Pacific
By EDWARD LUNDQUIST, Special Correspondent
As U.S. naval forces rebalance to the Pacific region, an additional
19 ships are expected to join the 60 currently homeported in San
Diego by 2020.
; As the number of San Diego-based ships increases, so will the
need to be able to take care of them.
; The military and defense presence, including the shipbuilding and
repair business, currently brings $32 billion to the region and is
responsible for 22 percent of all jobs there.
; Because of their prime waterfront locations, maritime-related
businesses are facing increasing pressure from real estate developers looking to rezone the area for condos and apartments.