Durika takes on new role at Portsmouth shipyard in Maine


January 6, 2022

Cmdr. Elisabeth Durika. Photo by Naval Office of Community Outreach

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) Officer Cmdr. Elizabeth Durika recently served as Public Works Department (PWD), Public Works Officer (PWO), aboard Portsmouth Shipyard (PNSY), Kittery, Maine.

Durika, a native of Falls Church, Va., And a resident of Kittery, Maine, is in her 18th year of service in the US Navy, said being PWO is a cornerstone for CEC officers.

“It brings together the skills and jobs I have held throughout NAVFAC to provide products and services directly to the fleet,” Durika said in a statement announcing her new position. “Leading such an incredible team of professionals at PWD Maine is an honor and a privilege. “

PNSY’s history dates back to 1800 when it launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS Washington, in 1815. Today, the shipyard is responsible for the safe overhaul, repair and modernization of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarines. As PWO of the shipyard, Durika is responsible for the delivery of NAVFAC products and services, i.e. planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of facilities at Earth.

Durika noted that the biggest challenge facing PWD Maine is the incredible influx of work required to support the Navy’s upcoming Naval Dockyard Infrastructure Optimization (SIOP) program at the yard, including immediate construction efforts, planning for future projects and sustaining for the future.

“The projects arriving at the shipyard are incredibly complex and require close coordination between the submarine overhaul schedules, the OICC (Construction Officer) project execution teams and the public works team.” , said Durika. “As the PWO, my primary responsibility is to the shipyard commander to enable fleet readiness by providing facility support to the fighter. “

Durika is one of two new PWOs from Navy shipyards in the Mid-Atlantic, the other being Cmdr. Crystine Good at the Norfolk Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., Durika said she couldn’t be more excited.

“Cmdr. Good and I were enlisted in the Navy together at CECOS (Civil Engineer Corps Officers School) and it’s exciting to both take on the role of PWO (shipyard) at the same time, ”said Durika. “Our two organizations have recently undergone a major reorganization with SIOP on our facilities. One of the perks of working as a PWO in the Mid-Atlantic is that I can pick up the phone and call any of my PWO colleagues and share best practices, discuss processes and learn from each other’s experiences. and others. “

Durika said it was evident during her rotation that she was entering a professional organization that truly aligns her workload to support the shipyard and supported command operations, and how the PWD team understands their connection. with the activation of the fighter.

“The pride and professionalism within the PWD is palpable, and I am honored to have this incredible opportunity,” added Durika. “I intend to continue this legacy of service to the fleet while continuing to foster the development of our incredible team. “

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides facilities engineering, public works, and environmental products and services in an area of ​​responsibility that stretches from South Carolina to Maine and western Indiana. As a full member of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Team Commander, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic provides leadership through the regional engineer organization to ensure that facilities and l infrastructure in the region are managed effectively and efficiently.


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