Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
United States Navy shipyard
Kittery, ME 03904
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) 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 that 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 two bridges that connect to Kittery, Maine.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employs approximately 3,900 civilian employees. PNS has an active apprentice and engineer recruitment program. In addition to the civilian workforce, there are approximately 89 naval officers and enlisted personnel assigned to the Shipyard.
PNS encompasses over 297 acres including the main base and a family housing site off base in Kittery, Maine. Many of the buildings located at the Shipyard are in an historic district and 50 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PNS has three dry docks and is capable of docking all active classes of submarines including the LOS ANGELES and TRIDENT classes.
Established by the Federal Government in 1800, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS WASHINGTON, in 1815. During World War I, the PNS workforce expanded to nearly 5,000. At this time, PNS 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 over 25,000. Over the course of World War II over 70 submarines were constructed at PNS, with a record four submarines launched on one day. Following World War II, PNS was the Navy’s center for submarine design and development. The research submarine, USS ALBACORE, with its revolutionary “tear drop” shaped hull and round cross section, set the standard for all subsequent submarine hull design world-wide. PNS 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.
Home to approximately 200 naval officers/enlisted personnel, and their family members. The Shipyard supports, on average, four submarine crews and their family members. Three Coast Guard Cutters are also home ported at PNS. PNS also provides services to a large retiree population. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employees approximately 4500 civilians.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
In order to be eligible for public preschool, children must be four years of age by October 15th of the entering school year.
In 2010, Maine along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
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If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Maine Department of Human Resources 207-490-5400
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
York County Children Services 207-624-7900
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
York County Animal Services 207-985-3244
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
York County Dept of Public Health 207-490-4625
Highway Patrol 207-324-1150
Dental Headquarters 757-953-2711
Medical Appointments 757-953-5555
Limited lodging is available on base. Rooms are routinely occupied by sub mariners; however, when available, other active duty military personnel have priority. Advanced reservations can be made 120 days prior to arrival. Pets are not allowed however, the Billeting Office maintains a list of local kennels. Contact the Billeting Office at 207-438-1513 to check on reservations. Lodging facilities are available in the local area. You can contact the FFSC 207-438-1835 for recommendations.
In Kittery, the summers are warm; the winters are freezing, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 80°F and is rarely below 6°F or above 89°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kittery for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid September.
Compared to the state average of Maine the cost of living index in Kittery, ME is 126, which is 21% higher than the average in Maine and compared to the national average it is 26% higher than.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Kittery, ME goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Maine and are 17% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Sitting at the southernmost corner of Maine, Kittery is a charming small town and one of the most historic communities in the state. First settled in 1623, Kittery features some of the oldest architecture in Maine, including the John Bray House, built back in 1662. Nearby Fort McClary has been guarding the entrance to the Piscataqua River for over 275 years, having been manned through five wars. Another nearby attraction is York’s Wild Kingdom, the state’s largest zoo and amusement park.
Wander through Kittery’s past as you browse Kittery Historical & Naval Museum’s exhibits, from colonial times to grand hotels, shipbuilding and lighthouses, up to the present day. Join us for community events, year-round. Open seasonally April – November, and by appointment in the winter. See our website for more information. Find out what makes Kittery special… at the Museum! Fort McClary is set in a beautiful setting overlooking the water – it is stunning. There is also a lot of history from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War which happened here – it is really quite interesting. It is a small area but worth a visit just to appreciate the views and explore a bit of history. There are several awesome photo ops as well. There is plenty of free parking and no fee.
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