Conversion of Naval Shipyards to Commercial Shipyards
Published Date: December 1, 1995
Over the past four years, the Base Realignment and Closure Commissions have recommended closing half of the Navy's public shipyards in response to the downsizing of the nation's defense establishment. Three of the communities directly affected by shipyard closing - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charleston, South Carolina, and Vallejo, California (which is the redevelopment authority for Mare Island Naval Shipyard) - were notified in 1993 or before, and each has responded differently. Individual responses and assessments of conversion success to date are subjects of this report. The Long Beach Naval Shipyard is on the recently approved 1995 base closure list and is just beginning the process of developing its reuse strategies. CNA was specifically asked to: examine the prospect of converting a Naval shipyard into a commercial shipyard; and analyze the social and economic challenges these communities might face under such a conversion effort.