Shipyard Highlights

Photos courtesy of THe US Naval Historical Center, Paradise of the Pacific, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, US Navy National Archives and US Navy.


Under the Reciprocity Treaty, King Kalakaua allows the U.S. to establish a coaling and repair facility at Pearl Harbor.


U.S. Congress appropriates $3 million to establish the “Navy Yard Pearl Harbor” and dredge an entrance to the channel.











The nation’s first large warship, the California, passes through the narrow entrance to Pearl Harbor.


Drydock 1 collapses during construction due to underground pressure.


An F-4 submarine sinks off Honolulu, killing 21—the U.S. Navy’s first submarine disaster. Shipyard workers and sailors raise and tow the sub to the Yard for refitting.


Work begins on the concrete moorings along Ford Island known as Battleship Row.

Dec. 7, 1941

The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.


Adm. Chester Nimitz presents the Navy “E” pennant to the shipyard for its production efficiency.

Dec. 1945

The Navy Yard Pearl Harbor officially becomes the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as part of the effort to separate military from industrial operations.


During the Korean War, the shipyard activates mothballed ships and repairs 3,000 ships.


The shipyard dry-docks its first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Swordfish.


During the Vietnam War, Pearl Harbor’s 5,000 shipyard employees repair 800 ships a year.



The shipyard repairs the USS Enterprise, after the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier experienced an accidental rocket explosion, killing 28 crewmen. Work was done in two 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to get the ship seaworthy in 49 days.


The USS Los Angeles, the first of the Los Angeles class of submarines, is homeported in Pearl Harbor. 


The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard merges with the Intermediate Maintenance Facility to become a single regional U.S. Navy submarine and ship maintenance facility, performing both short- and long-term repairs.


The transport ship USS Denver collides with its refueling tanker off Honolulu, tearing off three-quarters of its bow. Shipyard workers’ emergency repairs return Denver to sea within two weeks. 


The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard turns 100.

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