Portsmouth Naval Shipyard holds change of command ceremony
That impact was palpable during the 84th change of command ceremony on Seavey's Island on Friday morning.
During his tenure, Fuller oversaw 36 major construction projects at the shipyard valued at more than $300 million, including a $24 million renovation to Dry Dock 2. He was responsible for a budget of more than $670 million and the command of more than 5,000 shipyard civilian workers and active duty military.
Since 2009, the shipyard has also been responsible for the first major maintenance availability on a Virginia class submarine, the Navy's newest class of fast-attack submarines, and oversaw early or on-time completion of four major maintenance projects, including delivery of the USS Memphis a month ahead of schedule.
He called fixing the nation's submarines the "ultimate team sport" and commended the workers at the shipyard for their consistent efforts to exceed expectations.
Greene talked about the 213-year legacy of the shipyard, and how union president Paul O'Connor pointed out to him that the nation was only 24 years old when the shipyard began its work.
He said as long as the nation has a Navy, it will have a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
He said in times of turmoil and budget concerns in Washington, all of the shipyard workforce can be responsible for their performance as a shipyard team.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, spoke about the shipyard's importance to the state of Maine and the nation's defense.