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United States Navy
2 Wentworth Street
Visitor Control Center
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Kittery, ME 03904
Information on pets is important when moving to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard:
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is physically located in Kittery, Maine, specifically on Seavey Island; however, the mailing address for the shipyard is Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The shipyard uses building numbers versus street addresses for mail delivery, which makes it difficult to accurately map all locations.
Check-in -- Military members reporting to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: must check in at the Base Support Office, Building 86, on the first floor. Call 207-438-1112 during business hours. Military members reporting to the shipyard after hours must call the shipyard duty officer at 207-451-3405.
Fleet and Family Support Center – The FFSC is located in Building 241. Their main number is 207-438-1835. FFSC provides support and education in the following areas: Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and non-medical counseling, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), family employment assistance including career planning, resume writing and navigating federal employment, operational stress control through Life Skills workshops, emergency family assistance during crisis and disaster, deployment support, Personal Financial Management (PFM), Transition Assistance (TAPS), Relocation Assistance and much more.
The Chaplain's office is located in Building 241. Call 207-438-1970.
Assistance is available from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the American Red Cross.
Defense Service Network dialing instructions -- The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense. Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by worldwide location. To place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cellphones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 Area Code. When dialing a DSN number to or from overseas locations, the DSN Area Code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial 719-567-1110. Note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) employs approximately 8,000 civilians and 1,000 officer and enlisted personnel. PNSY boasts an active apprentice and engineer recruitment program.
Encompassing more than 297 acres, the installation includes the main base, as well as a family housing site off-base in Kittery, Maine. Many of the buildings located at the shipyard are in a historic district; of them, 50 are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Per the official website of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard:
Our Mission- We are Portsmouth. Together we are honor bound to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We do so proudly by maintaining, repairing and modernizing our Navy’s submarines so that they can go in harm’s way, defeat our enemies in war and return their crews home safely.
Official website of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Established by the United States government in 1800, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS Washington, in 1815.
During World War I, the PNSY workforce expanded to nearly 5,000. At that time, PNSY took on a new and important role: the construction of submarines, in addition to the overhaul and repair of surface vessels.
World War II saw the civilian employment rolls swell to more than 25,000. Over the course of World War II, more than 70 submarines were constructed at PNSY, with a record four submarines launched on one day.
Following World War II, PNSY was the Navy's center for submarine design and development. The research submarine USS Albacore, with its revolutionary teardrop-shaped hull and round cross-section, set the standard for all subsequent submarine hull design worldwide.
PNSY continued to build submarines until 1969, when the last submarine built in a public shipyard, the nuclear-powered USS Sand Lance, was launched.
Today, the shipyard continues the tradition of excellence and service to the Navy and the nation by supplying the submarine fleet with high-quality, affordable, overhaul, refueling and modernization work.Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's homepage contains additional information.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) is home to approximately 1,000 officer and enlisted personnel and their family members, as well as an estimated 8,000 civilian employees.
The shipyard supports, on average, four submarine crews and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters.
PNSY also provides services to a large retiree population.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) is one of four remaining naval shipyards in the nation. Centrally located about 50 miles from Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; and Manchester, New Hampshire; at the southernmost tip of Maine, the shipyard fully encompasses Seavey Island, which sits at the mouth of the Piscataqua River.
This federally owned island is across the harbor from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with access to the mainland by three bridges that connect to Kittery, Maine.
The cost of living along the New Hampshire seacoast and in southern Maine is higher in comparison to most inland towns. Many people choose to live slightly farther inland from PNSY and commute. The military receives a fair housing allowance and federal civilian employees are compensated with a Cost of Living Allowance. Call the base operator at 207-438-1000.
Logan International Airport- Boston
Logan International Airport Boston is located just outside of downtown Boston and is the preferred airport for arrivals. It offers direct ground transportation to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, through C&J Bus Lines. A one-way ticket costs $26 per adult, allowing one child, 16 and under, to ride free per paying adult. Additional children are $13 each. To get bus schedules, call 603-430-1100 or visit their website at www.ridecj.com. Seats are first come, first served. COVID-19 update- Face coverings are required to ride. From the Portsmouth bus terminal, taxi services, as well as Uber and Lyft are available to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Due to COVID-19, some rideshare options may be unavailable.
Driving directions from Boston
Follow the signs for I-95 North (Maine/New Hampshire). Follow I-95 N to US-1 BYP N (Exit 5). Stay to the left as you come to the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the second exit to continue on US-1 BYP N into Maine. You will pass over the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which is the middle of three adjacent bridges connecting Portsmouth to Kittery. You will see the shipyard to your right as you reach the top of the bridge; there are large cranes and a water tower in the distance.
Once over the bridge, you'll come to an intersection with a set of traffic lights. Take a right at this intersection (Bridge Street). This road will bring you to another set of traffic lights (just over half a mile). Straight through this set of lights is Gate 1 of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Pass and ID is located to the right of the gate sentry, and parking for Pass and ID is in the small lot to the left of the gate.
Directions from Portland, Maine
Take I-95 South for 44 miles. There are two tolls, one at the entrance to I-95 S in Portland and another one in York right before Exit 7. Continue on I-95 S, taking Exit 2 for ME-236 toward US-1 Kittery.
Turn right onto ME-236 S toward Kittery/US -1. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto State Rd. After about 1 mile, turn left onto Walker St. There will be a TD Bank North on your left at the intersection. This road will take you straight through to Gate 1 of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Pass and ID is located to the right of the gate sentry, and parking for Pass and ID is in the small lot to the left of the gate.
Traffic is very congested during peak hours so plan on at least 30 minutes to exit the base at 3:30 p.m. Parking is also an ongoing challenge, so plan extra time to find parking and walk to your shop.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is located on a very small island with limited parking options. The matter of available parking is an on-going concern among many PNSY employees. It is suggested to arrive early in order to allow time to find parking and then walk to your destination.
The Transportation Incentive Program offers 50 sites to and from PNSY. For program information, schedules and enrollment, go to the Rides and Riders section of the Resources tab on the PNSY Intranet or call 207-438-4988. Please call or check the TIP website well in-advance to ensure COVID restrictions aren't limiting alternative transportation options (CAC is required to register new accounts). For those without intranet access wanting more information on program guidelines, including eligibility, policy, and how to enroll, please visit TIP Info (CNIC).