KITTERY, Maine – a key element of $ 1.7 billion modernization efforts at the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth was used for the first time with the docking of the USS Cheyenne, Navy officials said on Friday.

The Los Angeles-class boat was the first submarine to enter Dry Dock 1 without navigability aid last month, officials said.

The so-called super flood pool is similar to a navigation gateway that upgrades the shallowest of the shipyard’s dry docks, allowing submarines to enter independently of the tides and without buoyancy.

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Captain Michael Oberdorf, the shipyard’s commander, called it “an important cornerstone for the Portsmouth Maritime Shipyard”, helping to ensure that the shipyard has the right opportunities to support the submarine fleet.

“It simply came to our notice then a lot of planning and construction work to bring us to where we are today, “Oberdorf said in a statement Friday.

The Navy confirmed the first use of the repaired dry dock system the day after the strip was cut.

The seven-year project will eventually allow two submarines to use Dry Dock 1 simultaneously. It will also accommodate Virginia-class attacking submarines, in addition to the Los Angeles-class.

The 222-year-old naval shipyard in Portsmouth is the oldest continuously operated public shipyard in the country. Repairs, repairs and maintains nuclear submarines.

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