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Puget Sound Navy Yard

Type   Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Bremerton, Washington, United States

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ww2dbaseIn 1877, the United States Navy assigned Lieutenant Ambrose Wyckoff to scout a location for a west coast shore facility within a deep water protected harbor above the 42nd parallel (the northern border of California). With a team of surveyors, he explored the length and breadth of the Puget Sound in the state of Washington and Sinclair Inlet, 14 miles west of Seattle, was identified as an ideal location. In 1889, Congress approved the funds to purchase the needed land.

ww2dbaseThe area around Sinclair Inlet had been the ancestral lands of the Suquamish people. Non-native residents only began settling this area in earnest about 30 years earlier following the 1859 ratification of the Treaty of Point Elliott, signed by Chief Seattle and other tribal leaders. When the Navy cast its eye on the area, Seattle businessman and German immigrant William Bremer began buying up the land. On 16 Sep 1891, when the Navy finalized the purchase of the original 145 acres, it was the Bremer family who sold it to them. Shortly afterward, Naval Station Puget Sound was formally dedicated with Lieutenant Wyckoff as the station’s first commandant.

ww2dbaseAdditional land was acquired in 1892, also purchased from the Bremer family, bringing the total to approximately 190 acres. With housing needed for the shipyard workers, William Bremer developed the land surrounding the shipyard into the community of Bremerton. In Dec 1892, the Navy broke ground on the first of six dry docks that would be built. In 1897, the first battleship entered the dry docks, USS Oregon, the Navy’s most important warship on the west coast at the time.

ww2dbaseIn 1901, the Naval Station was re-designated as Navy Yard Puget Sound. In 1912, the temporary “Sick Quarters” was replaced with a permanent brick Naval Hospital located on the hill at the northwest corner of the Navy Yard property. During World War I, Puget Sound began constructing ships, usually smaller ships such as subchasers, submarines, minesweepers, ocean-going tugs, ammunition ships, and over 1,500 small boats. Between the wars, Puget Sound’s role began shifting from building ships to an emphasis in servicing, repairing, and overhauling ships.

ww2dbaseDuring World War II, the shipyard’s primary effort was the repair and maintenance of the largest ships in the US fleet and those of its allies. Beginning in 1938, Puget Sound saw major improvements, including building 1,000-foot long Drydocks #4 and #5 which were large enough for the new Iowa-class fast battleships then under construction. New quays, piers, and shop buildings were installed. Two new double shipbuilding ways were constructed for building escort vessels. Puget Sound had some of the largest drydocks on the west coast which made its facilities well suited for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, battleships, and heavy cruisers. Five of the battleships damaged on 7 Dec 1941 at Pearl Harbor came to Puget Sound for repairs: USS Tennessee, USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS California, and USS West Virginia. In Jan 1944, Maryland and Colorado returned to Puget Sound for rebuilding. Other battleships that arrived at Puget Sound during the war included USS Pennsylvania, USS Washington, USS New Jersey, and USS South Dakota.

ww2dbaseWhen the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-16 five weeks after the Pearl Harbor Attack, she came to Puget Sound for repairs and modernization. Other carriers repaired or overhauled at Puget Sound during the war included USS Saratoga four more times, USS Enterprise twice, USS Lexington (Essex-class) twice, USS Yorktown (Essex-class), USS Franklin, USS Bunker Hill three times, USS Ticonderoga, USS Wasp (Essex-class), and USS Monterey. With the Japanese introduction of the kamikaze-style special attack doctrine, large numbers of ships of all classes began arriving in need of substantial repairs.

ww2dbaseOn 12 Aug 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt arrived at Puget Sound aboard destroyer USS Cummings, his second visit to the facility. From the deck of the Cummings in Drydock 2, the President thanked thousands of yard workers for their valuable contribution to the war effort. By the end of the war, the Navy Yard at Puget Sound had repaired, overhauled, or modernized 344 fighting ships of all types.

ww2dbaseFollowing World War II, Puget Sound hosted a growing number of decommissioned ships being placed in the Reserve Fleet. The facility also engaged in an extensive program of modernizing the Essex-class aircraft carriers, including converting straight flight decks into angled decks. During the Korean conflict, the Shipyard primarily activated new ships, many from the Reserve Fleet. In the late 1950’s, without reducing its repair and overhaul functions, the shipyard returned to a primary role of building new ships.

ww2dbaseIn 1990, the Navy authorized Puget Sound to recycle nuclear powered ships and submarines. Puget Sound still performs environmentally safe deactivations and recycling of nuclear-powered vessels and this will continue as more and different classes of ships are decommissioned and require disposal.

ww2dbaseIn 2003, to improve fleet readiness, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facilities at Bremerton and Everett, and the Trident Refit Facility located at Bangor were all consolidated under a single command and thus the collection is now officially known as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

ww2dbaseToday, the Puget Sound complex remains very active and is the region’s largest Naval shore facility. The shipyard has a proud history and after 125 years of continuous operation, it remains a state-of-the-art repair and maintenance facility for ships of the United States Navy.

ww2dbaseSources:
United States Navy
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility
Puget Sound Navy Museum
Daryl C. McClary via HistoryLink.org
Duane Colt Denfeld via HistoryLink.org
United States National Archives
United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Survey Charts
United States Library of Congress
Researcher at Large
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
NavSource Naval History
Wikipedia

Last Major Update: Oct 2020

Ships Constructed at Puget Sound Navy Yard

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCompleted
Holland12 Apr 19261 Jun 1926
Biscayne23 May 19413 Jul 1941
Louisville4 Jul 19291 Sep 193015 Jan 1931
Astoria (New Orleans-class)1 Sep 193016 Dec 193328 Apr 1934
Leutze3 Jun 194129 Oct 19422 Mar 1944


Puget Sound Navy Yard Interactive Map

Puget Sound Navy Yard Timeline

16 Sep 1891 The United States navy finalized the purchase of 145 acres of land from the Bremer family of Washington, United States for a future shipyard.
6 Jul 1901 Battleship USS Oregon entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an extended overhaul that lasted over a year.
27 Apr 1906 USS Oregon decommissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
1 Jan 1912 The Puget Sound Naval Hospital was opened in the northwest corner of the Puget Sound Navy Yard.
6 Mar 1922 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
19 Apr 1922 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
18 Dec 1922 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
28 Jan 1923 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
9 Oct 1923 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
1 Dec 1923 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
22 Dec 1923 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
1 Mar 1924 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
25 Jun 1924 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs.
8 Dec 1924 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for overhaul.
25 Jan 1925 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
2 Feb 1925 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
24 Mar 1925 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
6 Jan 1926 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
19 Feb 1926 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
12 Mar 1926 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
15 Mar 1926 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
14 May 1926 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
1 Jun 1926 USS Holland was commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
14 Jan 1927 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
1 Apr 1928 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
16 May 1928 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
15 Jan 1931 USS Louisville was commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
11 Apr 1931 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs.
10 Jun 1931 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
25 Aug 1931 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
20 Oct 1931 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
9 Dec 1932 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
2 Mar 1933 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
11 Mar 1933 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
26 May 1933 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
7 Jun 1933 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
5 Aug 1933 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
12 Aug 1933 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
5 Sep 1933 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
28 Apr 1934 USS Astoria was commissioned into service at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States with Captain Edmund S. Root in command.
14 Jul 1934 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
11 Oct 1934 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
16 Oct 1934 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
8 Jan 1935 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
20 Dec 1935 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
18 Jan 1936 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for overhaul.
26 Feb 1936 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
21 Mar 1936 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
18 Apr 1936 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
2 Jun 1936 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
15 Jul 1936 USS New York arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
30 Jul 1936 USS New York departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
6 Jun 1937 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
28 Jul 1937 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for overhaul.
3 Sep 1937 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
2 Nov 1937 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
28 Sep 1938 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
16 Dec 1938 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
22 Jan 1939 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for overhaul.
20 Apr 1939 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
16 Jun 1940 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
30 Aug 1940 Rear Admiral Charles S. Freeman relieved Rear Admiral Edward B. Fenner as the Commandant of the US Navy Thirteenth Naval District and as the Commandant of the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, United States.
19 Sep 1940 During a yard maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, USS Oklahoma collided with harbor tug Goliah.
25 Nov 1940 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for maintenance.
27 Dec 1940 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
25 Feb 1941 USS Nevada departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
3 Jul 1941 USS Biscayne was commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
29 Dec 1941 Battleships USS Tennessee and USS Maryland, both damaged in the Pearl Harbor attack, arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard for repairs.
19 Feb 1942 USS Saratoga arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for more extensive repairs following being damaged by a torpedo.
25 Feb 1942 Battleships USS Tennessee and USS Maryland depart Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs.
31 Mar 1942 USS Colorado departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she had been since Jun 1941.
1 May 1942 USS Nevada arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for extensive rehabilitation and repairs following the Pearl Harbor Attack.
22 May 1942 USS Saratoga departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs from torpedo damaged.
15 Jun 1942 USS Copahee was commissioned into service at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States with Commander J. G. Farrell in command. She was the first of 10 Bogue-class escort carriers converted from hulls of merchant ships.
1 Aug 1942 USS New Mexico completed a scheduled overhaul at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, United States, during which her 5-inch guns were removed in exchange for more anti-aircraft weapons.
27 Aug 1942 Battleship USS Tennessee arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for modernization.
22 Sep 1942 Franklin Roosevelt visited facilities in Washington state, including Fort Lewis, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Seattle Point of Embarkation, and the the Boeing Aircraft factory.
20 Oct 1942 USS California arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs following the Pearl Harbor Attack.
29 Jan 1943 USS S-35 arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
22 May 1943 Battleship USS Tennessee departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
28 May 1943 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
3 Jun 1943 USS S-35 departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
27 Jun 1943 USS S-28 departed the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for the Aleutian Islands.
20 Jul 1943 USS Enterprise arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, United States for an extensive overhaul.
1 Aug 1943 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
10 Aug 1943 Cruiser USS New Orleans (New Orleans-class) departed Puget Sound, Washington, United States after overhaul and being fitted with a new permanent bow due to her bow being blown off in the Battle of Tassafaronga.
4 Sep 1943 USS New Mexico arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
9 Oct 1943 USS New Mexico departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
31 Oct 1943 USS Enterprise departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after overhaul.
22 Dec 1943 USS Lexington (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs of torpedo damage.
26 Jan 1944 USS Bunker Hill arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an extensive overhaul.
31 Jan 1944 USS California departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
20 Feb 1944 USS Lexington (Essex-class) departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs.
2 Mar 1944 Leutze was commissioned into service at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
12 Mar 1944 USS Washington arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul and repairs to her damaged bow.
25 Apr 1944 USS Mississippi arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
30 Apr 1944 USS Washington departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in company with USS Colorado and USS Maryland.
17 Jun 1944 USS Saratoga arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
16 Jul 1944 USS Mississippi and USS West Virginia departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the latter after extensive repairs and modernization following damage received in the Pearl Harbor Attack.
1 Aug 1944 USS North Carolina arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
12 Aug 1944 Franklin Roosevelt aboard USS Cummings addressed a crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 people surrounding Drydock 2 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington. He spoke for over 35 minutes and his remarks were rebroadcast over nationwide radio.
17 Aug 1944 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States and began a two-month overhaul.
14 Sep 1944 USS Saratoga departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after overhaul.
6 Oct 1944 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) completed repairs at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States.
9 Oct 1944 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States.
22 Oct 1944 USS Indiana arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
26 Oct 1944 USS New Mexico departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
26 Nov 1944 Battleship USS Tennessee arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
27 Nov 1944 USS Franklin arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for repairs.
6 Dec 1944 USS Indiana departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
18 Jan 1945 USS Alabama entered a drydock at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
21 Jan 1945 USS Monterey arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul and repairs of battle and typhoon damage.
21 Jan 1945 USS Bunker Hill departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after overhaul.
2 Feb 1945 USS Franklin departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
2 Feb 1945 Battleship USS Tennessee departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
15 Feb 1945 USS Ticonderoga arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, United States for extensive repairs.
15 Feb 1945 USS California arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to repair battle damage and an overhaul.
25 Feb 1945 USS Alabama exited a drydock at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
16 Mar 1945 USS Saratoga arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs of extensive damage following being bombed off Iwo Jima.
17 Mar 1945 USS Alabama departed Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
24 Mar 1945 USS Monterey departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs.
27 Mar 1945 USS Lexington (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
13 Apr 1945 USS Wasp (Essex-class) arrived at Puget Sound Navy Yard , Bremerton, Washington, United States for a general overhaul and repairs of battle damage.
21 Apr 1945 USS Ticonderoga departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, United States for Alameda, California, United States, and then on to Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 Apr 1945 USS California departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
5 May 1945 USS New Jersey arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
8 May 1945 USS Maryland arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs of extensive damage following being hit by a special attack aircraft off Okinawa.
22 May 1945 USS Saratoga departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs.
29 May 1945 USS Lexington (Essex-class) departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after overhaul.
2 Jun 1945 USS Bunker Hill arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs of extensive damage following being hit by two special attack aircraft off Okinawa.
6 Jun 1945 USS Enterprise arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for repairs of extensive damage following being hit by two special attack aircraft off Okinawa.
9 Jun 1945 USS Wasp (Essex-class) departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs and an overhaul.
23 Jun 1945 USS Washington arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
4 Jul 1945 USS New Jersey departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
14 Sep 1945 USS Washington departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
24 Oct 1945 USS Pennsylvania arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul.
24 Feb 1946 USS Pennsylvania departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard bound for the atomic bomb tests at Bikini via Pearl Harbor.
15 Apr 1946 USS Maryland arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and was placed in an inactive status.
19 Apr 1946 USS Makin Island was decommissioned from service at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Washington, United States.
9 Jan 1947 USS Ticonderoga was placed in the Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Washington, United States.
9 Jan 1947 USS Alabama was decommissioned from service at Naval Station Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, United States.
9 Jan 1947 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) taken out of commission and placed in the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
3 Apr 1947 USS Maryland was decommissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
23 Apr 1947 USS Lexington was decommissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
1 Sep 1953 The conversion and modernization work on carrier Lexington began at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.
15 Sep 1954 USS Missouri entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for deactivation overhaul.
26 Feb 1955 Missouri was decommissioned from service.
21 Mar 1955 USS Yorktown (Essex-class) placed in commission in reserve at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, United States where she was to receive extensive modifications, most significantly an angled flight deck to increase her capabilities for handling jet aircraft.
8 Sep 1969 USS New Jersey entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for deactivation overhaul.
17 Dec 1969 USS New Jersey was decommissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and placed in the Reserve Fleet.

Photographs

Puget Sound’s Sinclair Inlet before development, 1892 at what is now Bremerton, Washington, United States.Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, United States with dry dock number two under construction, circa 1911.
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Maps

Excerpt from the 1984 Sinclair Inlet navigational chart showing the piers and drydocks of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.Map of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States.




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WW2-Era Place Name Bremerton, Washington, United States
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Puget Sound’s Sinclair Inlet before development, 1892 at what is now Bremerton, Washington, United States.Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, United States with dry dock number two under construction, circa 1911.
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