Virginia Ship Repair Association

Virginia Ship Repair Association The Strength Behind the Fleet. The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is a regional trade association representing companies engaged in, or supporting, the ship repair industry in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

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We are excited to be back at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel today, hearing remarks from acting Assistant Secretary of ...
08/24/2021

We are excited to be back at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel today, hearing remarks from acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Mr. Jay Stefany! Many thanks to all of our members for attending and supporting us today! #StrengthBehindTheFleet #MakeShipHappen

We are excited to be back at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel today, hearing remarks from acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Mr. Jay Stefany! Many thanks to all of our members for attending and supporting us today! #StrengthBehindTheFleet #MakeShipHappen

It’s a beautiful day in Newport News for Ship Repair Soccer Night with Lionsbridge FC! We hope you will join us and our ...
07/24/2021

It’s a beautiful day in Newport News for Ship Repair Soccer Night with Lionsbridge FC! We hope you will join us and our co-sponsors to watch Lionsbridge take on Levi United at 7:00 PM!

It’s a beautiful day in Newport News for Ship Repair Soccer Night with Lionsbridge FC! We hope you will join us and our co-sponsors to watch Lionsbridge take on Levi United at 7:00 PM!

We have a packed house today at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel for our first in person General Membership Meeting in 1...
07/20/2021

We have a packed house today at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel for our first in person General Membership Meeting in 17 months! Thanks to all of our members who are in attendance with us and to our guest speaker, RADM Brendan McLane, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)!
#strengthbehindthefleet #makeshiphappen

We have a packed house today at the Portsmouth Renaissance hotel for our first in person General Membership Meeting in 17 months! Thanks to all of our members who are in attendance with us and to our guest speaker, RADM Brendan McLane, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)!
#strengthbehindthefleet #makeshiphappen

HAPPENING NOW! VSRA has teamed with the Workforce Council to present today’s SHIP REPAIR HIRING EVENT at Military Circle...
07/14/2021

HAPPENING NOW! VSRA has teamed with the Workforce Council to present today’s SHIP REPAIR HIRING EVENT at Military Circle Mall! Know someone looking for a great career? We have more than 20 employers here waiting for you! We are here until 1:00 PM.

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Who is ready for Ship Repair Race Night at Larry King Law's Langley Speedway ? We look forward to seeing you tonight! Ga...
06/12/2021

Who is ready for Ship Repair Race Night at Larry King Law's Langley Speedway ? We look forward to seeing you tonight! Gates open at 2, Qualifying at 4:30, and the green flag drops at 7:00!

It's RACE DAY!!!
The wet stuff is gone, the track is dry, and we're ready to roll for 250 laps of racing🏁🏁#NAAPWS

📅Race Day Schedule: https://bit.ly/3541voT
🎟Tickets: https://bit.ly/langleytickets
📺Live stream presented by WhosYourDriver.org: TrackPass

Happy Saturday Everyone!VSRA would love to wish you all a Happy National Maritime Day, and thank those who help #MakeShi...
05/22/2021

Happy Saturday Everyone!

VSRA would love to wish you all a Happy National Maritime Day, and thank those who help #MakeShipHappen!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

Happy Saturday Everyone!

VSRA would love to wish you all a Happy National Maritime Day, and thank those who help #MakeShipHappen!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

It's #NavyFactFriday again! Did you know that the U.S Navy has produced six presidents?We hope you enjoyed #NavyFactFrid...
05/07/2021

It's #NavyFactFriday again!

Did you know that the U.S Navy has produced six presidents?

We hope you enjoyed #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

It's #NavyFactFriday again!

Did you know that the U.S Navy has produced six presidents?

We hope you enjoyed #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

Excited to be at the Hampton Community Explosion at YH Thomas Community Center! We are here from 12 to 2 alongside live ...
05/01/2021

Excited to be at the Hampton Community Explosion at YH Thomas Community Center! We are here from 12 to 2 alongside live music, games, fitness demonstrations, and today’s City of Hampton FEMA COVID vaccination clinic. We will be talking to people about the great career opportunities available in Ship Repair #makeshiphappen #strengthbehindthefleet

Excited to be at the Hampton Community Explosion at YH Thomas Community Center! We are here from 12 to 2 alongside live music, games, fitness demonstrations, and today’s City of Hampton FEMA COVID vaccination clinic. We will be talking to people about the great career opportunities available in Ship Repair #makeshiphappen #strengthbehindthefleet

It's another fact filled Friday with VSRA!We bet you didn't know that the U.S Navy is older than the United States of Am...
04/30/2021

It's another fact filled Friday with VSRA!

We bet you didn't know that the U.S Navy is older than the United States of America!

Stay tuned for next week's #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

It's another fact filled Friday with VSRA!

We bet you didn't know that the U.S Navy is older than the United States of America!

Stay tuned for next week's #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

Happy Friday!Check out this Friday's #NavyFact! "NCIS is more than just a popular TV show." Stay tuned for the next #Nav...
04/23/2021

Happy Friday!

Check out this Friday's #NavyFact! "NCIS is more than just a popular TV show."

Stay tuned for the next #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

Happy Friday!

Check out this Friday's #NavyFact! "NCIS is more than just a popular TV show."

Stay tuned for the next #NavyFactFriday with VSRA!

#StrengthBehindTheFleet

Good morning from the VSRA team! The winner of our latest #VSRA giveaway is Dallas Daniels of Aerotek! Congratulations D...
04/22/2021

Good morning from the VSRA team!

The winner of our latest #VSRA giveaway is Dallas Daniels of Aerotek! Congratulations Dallas, and we hope you enjoy your #VSRAswagbag!

#MakeShipHappen

Good morning from the VSRA team!

The winner of our latest #VSRA giveaway is Dallas Daniels of Aerotek! Congratulations Dallas, and we hope you enjoy your #VSRAswagbag!

#MakeShipHappen

04/21/2021

It's finally Wednesday!

We at Virginia Ship Repair Association would like to congratulate the 2021 winners of the 15th Annual Ship Repair Virtual LEGO Competition!

Once again congratulations to Blair Middle School, Corporate Landing Middle School, and AOIS Rosemont and we hope to see you all again next year!

Thanks for helping #MakeShipHappen!

Happy Wednesday All!The 15th Annual Ship Repair Virtual Lego Competition was a HUGE success, and we would like to thank ...
04/21/2021

Happy Wednesday All!

The 15th Annual Ship Repair Virtual Lego Competition was a HUGE success, and we would like to thank each company that sponsored the event, each technical advisor who assisted, and each judge who participated.

We greatly appreciate your support for this years Virtual LEGO Competition!

Thanks for helping #MakeShipHappen

04/21/2021

Good morning from VSRA and Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday, the 15th Annual Ship Repair Virtual Lego Competition was a HUGE success and we would like to thank each and every school for their participation and support.

We enjoyed creating with you and we hope to see you at the next Annual Ship Repair LEGO Competition!

Thanks for helping #MakeShipHappen

04/16/2021

It's finally Friday!

The #VSRAGiveaway is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who participated and the winner will be announced next week!

Have a great weekend everyone! #VSRA #MakeShipHappen

04/12/2021

What's Up VSRA Fam!

Have you entered our latest giveaway?

DON'T MISS OUT!

It closes in 3 days!

Instructions:

*Follow us on Instagram: @VirginiaShipRepair, Facebook: Virginia Ship Repair, and LinkedIn: Virginia Ship Repair Association.

*LIKE this post for 1 entry, SHARE our post to your story, TAG US IN THAT STORY SHARE with #VSRAGiveaway hashtag for 2 entries.

*TAG 2 friends so that they can enter too and receive 3 entries.

And stay tuned – on April 16th we will announce the winner! Good Luck!

#VSRAGiveaway #StrenghtBehindTheFleet

Good morning and happy #NavyFactFriday from VSRA!Fun Fact: The name “SEALS” is not based off the aquatic animal!#VSRA #S...
04/09/2021

Good morning and happy #NavyFactFriday from VSRA!

Fun Fact: The name “SEALS” is not based off the aquatic animal!

#VSRA #StrengthBehindTheFleet

Good morning and happy #NavyFactFriday from VSRA!

Fun Fact: The name “SEALS” is not based off the aquatic animal!

#VSRA #StrengthBehindTheFleet

04/02/2021

Hi everyone and happy Good Friday!

We are starting off April with a giveaway!

WIN our VSRA gift pack on our #AprilGiveaway.
Instructions:

*Follow us on Instagram: @VirginiaShipRepair, Facebook: Virginia Ship Repair, and LinkedIn: Virginia Ship Repair Association.

*LIKE this post for 1 entry, SHARE our post to your story, TAG US IN THAT STORY SHARE with #VSRAGiveaway hashtag for 2 entries.

*TAG 2 friends so that they can enter too and receive 3 entries.

And stay tuned – on April 16th we will announce the winner! Good Luck!

#VSRAGiveaway #StrenghtBehindTheFleet

Hello and Good morning from VSRA! Our last introduction is the one and only, Mr. William "Bill" Crow!As a kid, Bill thou...
03/31/2021

Hello and Good morning from VSRA!

Our last introduction is the one and only, Mr. William "Bill" Crow!

As a kid, Bill thought that if he stepped on a crack in a sidewalk, he would literally break his mother’s back (luckily, we’re pretty sure that isn’t true). Now, Bill is the President of VSRA and has served in that role for the past 8 and a half years. The main task of his day to day is keeping Sallena, the VSRA Training Director, awake - which is allegedly a very daunting task! Really, Bill serves as the voice of the Ship Repair industry and works to ensure that Virginia’s ship repair industrial base remains strong for years to come!

What helps Bill succeed as the President of VSRA? His sense of humor. Oh, and possibly his extensive Navy experience as well – Bill served in uniform for 30 years and retired as a Captain.

When not in the office cranking out Billisms (stay tuned for some of those gems), Bill is probably somewhere eating. His wife is an amazing baker, so we totally understand the temptation. The staff and the close-knit environment at the VSRA office is his favorite aspect of working for the Association. The advice Bill would give to his younger self: “be patient and let people do their jobs!”

Thank you, Bill, for your service and for helping #MakeShipHappen!

Hello and Good morning from VSRA!

Our last introduction is the one and only, Mr. William "Bill" Crow!

As a kid, Bill thought that if he stepped on a crack in a sidewalk, he would literally break his mother’s back (luckily, we’re pretty sure that isn’t true). Now, Bill is the President of VSRA and has served in that role for the past 8 and a half years. The main task of his day to day is keeping Sallena, the VSRA Training Director, awake - which is allegedly a very daunting task! Really, Bill serves as the voice of the Ship Repair industry and works to ensure that Virginia’s ship repair industrial base remains strong for years to come!

What helps Bill succeed as the President of VSRA? His sense of humor. Oh, and possibly his extensive Navy experience as well – Bill served in uniform for 30 years and retired as a Captain.

When not in the office cranking out Billisms (stay tuned for some of those gems), Bill is probably somewhere eating. His wife is an amazing baker, so we totally understand the temptation. The staff and the close-knit environment at the VSRA office is his favorite aspect of working for the Association. The advice Bill would give to his younger self: “be patient and let people do their jobs!”

Thank you, Bill, for your service and for helping #MakeShipHappen!

03/25/2021

Hope you're having a terrific Thursday, VSRA family!

Our Virtual Human Resources Seminar is scheduled for April 7th, which is less than 4 weeks away! This event is packed full of knowledge that you do NOT want to miss!

Member Cost: $20 per person
Non-Member: $30 per person

Note: Non-Members, to sign-up, please call Sylvia Bell at (757)233-7034 or e-mail at [email protected]

Register NOW at: https://lnkd.in/dQ7PnAk.

#makeshiphappen #VSRAEvents

Hello and good morning VSRA Facebook family!This week we would love to introduce you all to Sallena Nikitas!At a younger...
03/24/2021

Hello and good morning VSRA Facebook family!

This week we would love to introduce you all to Sallena Nikitas!

At a younger age, Sallena thought that if she walked over a grate on the sidewalk, she would fall through every time. Till this day, Sallena still will not walk over a grate or manhole cover. Originally hired as a temporary employee, she has now been working at VSRA for almost 7 years, as our Training Director. Her day-to-day activities include meeting the training needs of the member companies, whether it be classroom training, online training, or Marine Trades Training (MTT). She also supports the Safety & Environmental committee, OSHA-VSRA Partnership, the LEGO competition event, as well as assist her co-workers when needed. Sallena’s strength lies in her organizational skills, hard work ethic, and the ability to sternly delegate (bossy). She strives to succeed in all areas of her work, which she believes is a true reflection of who she is.

When she’s not helping students prepare for training, she is either cooking and baking at home, or tackling a tricky puzzle. One of her biggest accomplishments is being the first college graduate of her family. Also, marrying her best friend and starting a beautiful family. Her favorite aspect of working at VSRA is working with our members, face to face, as well as working in such a cohesive and welcoming work environment. Also, she gets to work with her sister. (Lucky)

The advice Sallena would give to her younger self is “Take life a little less serious”.

Thank you, Sallena, for helping #MakeShipHappen!

Hello and good morning VSRA Facebook family!

This week we would love to introduce you all to Sallena Nikitas!

At a younger age, Sallena thought that if she walked over a grate on the sidewalk, she would fall through every time. Till this day, Sallena still will not walk over a grate or manhole cover. Originally hired as a temporary employee, she has now been working at VSRA for almost 7 years, as our Training Director. Her day-to-day activities include meeting the training needs of the member companies, whether it be classroom training, online training, or Marine Trades Training (MTT). She also supports the Safety & Environmental committee, OSHA-VSRA Partnership, the LEGO competition event, as well as assist her co-workers when needed. Sallena’s strength lies in her organizational skills, hard work ethic, and the ability to sternly delegate (bossy). She strives to succeed in all areas of her work, which she believes is a true reflection of who she is.

When she’s not helping students prepare for training, she is either cooking and baking at home, or tackling a tricky puzzle. One of her biggest accomplishments is being the first college graduate of her family. Also, marrying her best friend and starting a beautiful family. Her favorite aspect of working at VSRA is working with our members, face to face, as well as working in such a cohesive and welcoming work environment. Also, she gets to work with her sister. (Lucky)

The advice Sallena would give to her younger self is “Take life a little less serious”.

Thank you, Sallena, for helping #MakeShipHappen!

Good Afternoon from VSRA! This week we would like to introduce Barbara Washer!As a young child, Barbara thought Halle Be...
03/17/2021

Good Afternoon from VSRA!

This week we would like to introduce Barbara Washer!

As a young child, Barbara thought Halle Berry and Sharon Stone were the same person. For years. She blames the Flintstones movie. Now, Barbara is the VSRA Director of Development & Programs and has been here for 7 years! Her job consists of asking people for favors that they don’t owe her, and helping solve important, complex problems for the ship repair industry, such as establishing a viable skilled workforce for years to come . True dedication, passion, strong problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and a knack for writing is what helps Barbara take the world by storm.

When not at the office (honestly when is that), she is (well was pre-COVID) an avid pub trivia champion and enjoys crushing everyone at board games. Legend has it she’s never lost a game of “Clue,” so watch your back. Her greatest achievements are being named as a 2020 Millennial on the Move, Top 40 Under 40, and Women in Business honoree! Her favorite aspect of working at VSRA is working with our awesome staff and the amazing members we serve!

Advice for baby Barb? “Don’t doubt yourself so much. Plenty of other people are going to do that for you. Also, do your darn homework.”

Thank you, Barbara, for helping #MakeShipHappen!

Good Afternoon from VSRA!

This week we would like to introduce Barbara Washer!

As a young child, Barbara thought Halle Berry and Sharon Stone were the same person. For years. She blames the Flintstones movie. Now, Barbara is the VSRA Director of Development & Programs and has been here for 7 years! Her job consists of asking people for favors that they don’t owe her, and helping solve important, complex problems for the ship repair industry, such as establishing a viable skilled workforce for years to come . True dedication, passion, strong problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and a knack for writing is what helps Barbara take the world by storm.

When not at the office (honestly when is that), she is (well was pre-COVID) an avid pub trivia champion and enjoys crushing everyone at board games. Legend has it she’s never lost a game of “Clue,” so watch your back. Her greatest achievements are being named as a 2020 Millennial on the Move, Top 40 Under 40, and Women in Business honoree! Her favorite aspect of working at VSRA is working with our awesome staff and the amazing members we serve!

Advice for baby Barb? “Don’t doubt yourself so much. Plenty of other people are going to do that for you. Also, do your darn homework.”

Thank you, Barbara, for helping #MakeShipHappen!

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Norfolk, VA
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General information

The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is a regional trade association representing companies engaged in, or supporting, the ship repair industry in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Its mission is to focus and coordinate member resources on issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the ship repair industry in Virginia and across the nation. The Virginia Ship Repair Association was founded in 1979 when corporate officers of individual private sector shipyards in south Hampton Roads jointly established the Tidewater Maritime Training Institute (TMTI) to provided training for the ship repair industry in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Institute was incorporated in 1981 as a non-profit, tax exempt educational institution (IRS 501(c)(3)). Leo Marshall, a retired Navy Captain, became the founding Executive Director of the Institute. For the next 20 years, Leo and his team of talented instructors trained men and women in the skills necessary to enter challenging and rewarding careers in the ship repair industry. In 1984, the same corporate officers, recognizing that there was a need for a regional association of ship repair companies to address other mutual concerns, organized and incorporated the South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers, Inc. (STASR) as a non-profit, tax exempt trade association (IRS 501(c)(6)). Membership was extended to ship repair subcontractors, suppliers, and support service companies. In addition to his leadership responsibilities of TMTI, Leo Marshall assumed leadership of STASR as Executive Director. By early 2004, the Association grew to over 170 member companies from around the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as nearby states. In December of 2003 after 22 years of dedicated and distinguished leadership, Leo Marshall relinquished the helm of both organizations, and Mal Branch, also a retired Navy Captain, was installed as the new President/CEO. In 2004, a Strategic Planning Committee, composed of representatives of STASR companies appointed by the Board of Directors, reviewed past successes and identified opportunities for the future. Their goal was to develop a new plan for the direction of the Association. In January 2005, the Association's Strategic Plan was adopted and the name of the association was changed to the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) to better reflect the geography and business focus of its members. Changes in funding streams and a new federal focus on employment and training strategies meant that a complete review of TMTI was needed. As a result of strategic planning that aligned the newly named VSRA with the training demands of the industry, TMTI was restructured to become the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation. Currently, the Virginia Ship Repair Association represents over 200 member companies whose combined businesses have an economic impact in the Hampton Roads area on: 30,000 jobs, $1.2 billion in annual sales, and $941 million in employee earnings.

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Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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(757) 233-7034

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January 8-9, 2018 Grant Writing Class Hosted by Henrico County Division of Fire
The recent The Virginian-Pilot article "BAE Systems lays off 50 workers, the first of an estimated 300" did not include a Navy comment. Here is the Navy's official statement: "The U.S. Navy values the workforce in Norfolk and is anxious to get started with this work as soon as possible. In anticipation of a FY17 budget, the Navy issued request for proposals for the three Norfolk avails (Mason, Whidbey Island, Nitze) on April 1, 8 and 22, respectively. Additionally, in conjunction with the May 5 budget signing, the Navy issued an RFI asking industry to accelerate their proposals. Not all industry partners were willing to meet an accelerated competitive proposal submission timeline which resulted in no change to the original RFP submission dates. To date, the Navy has only received proposals on Whidbey Island. The Navy is ready to award these contracts as soon as possible after receiving the proposals. Additionally, the Navy is more than willing to accelerate the scheduled start dates of these availabilities once a contract is awarded."