Sea History 170 - Spring 2020

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14th to the 18th century.” The poor visibility and rapid current prevented the team from finding any smaller items related to the vessel, which was identified once divers investigated one of several sites singled out as promising by boat-mounted sonar scans. In addition to the older ship, the team identified the remains of a ferry, a cargo boat, and a bridge likely constructed in the Second World War. The next step will be to test samples from the sites to narrow down the age of the vessels. Financing for the project was provided by the Ministry of Culture and Scientific Heritage, and the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. ( … On 23 January, dignitaries broke ground to launch the renovation of historic Dry Dock 4 of Virginia’s Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). The three-year $200 million renovation will update the facility to meet the Navy’s needs for submarine overhaul for decades to come, supporting Ohio, Virginia, and Columbia-class vessels. “Today’s groundbreaking will ensure this historic dry dock will continue to serve the Navy and nation for the future Navy, just as it has done for the last 100 years,” said Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) James Geurts. “The Navy continues to invest heavily in our naval shipyard workforce and supporting infrastructure to ensure we can continue to support the world’s finest naval force now and into the future.” Dry Dock 4 was first opened in April 1919, the first of three dry docks built for a WWI-era expansion of NNSY. It was one of the largest concrete structures in the world at that time, measuring approximately 1,012 feet long, 144 feet wide and 40 feet deep. It has served such ships as USS Langley (CV-1), USS Texas (BB-35), and USS Arizona (BB39). Renovation work will include the replacement of the dry dock’s concrete floor and sidewalls and a complete restoration of the pumpwell, as well as an upgrade of all mechanical and electrical equipment. It is estimated that 2,300 linear feet of mechanical and electrical services in the dock area will be replaced. NNSY will also be renovating Buildings 261 and 1539, housing a storage area and repair shop, and their surrounding area. All of this work is part of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s

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