About Us


General Dynamics NASSCO traces its beginnings to the industrial heart of San Diego, along the working waterfront of beautiful and historic San Diego Bay. The company has been designing and building ships in San Diego’s industrial corridor since 1960 and is the largest full service shipyard on the West Coast of the United States.

Today, General Dynamics NASSCO has locations on both the West and East Coasts. The company specializes in the design and construction of auxiliary and support ships for the U.S. Navy and oil tankers and dry cargo carriers for commercial markets. It is also a major provider of repair services for the U.S. Navy’s global force for good, with capabilities in San Diego, Norfolk, Mayport, and Bremerton.

General Dynamics NASSCO is one of three shipyards in the Marine Systems group of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD). General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available at www.generaldynamics.com.


General Dynamics NASSCO designs, builds and repairs ships for government and commercial customers while earning a fair profit.


  • Trust and Respect –
    A well trained and empowered workforce is our single most important asset.
  • Honesty and Integrity –
    We are trustworthy and accountable for our actions.
  • Safety – 
    We ensure a safe workplace for all.
  • Quality – 
    We do things right the first time.
  • Promise Keeping – 
    We meet our commitments and comply with requirements.
  • The Environment – 
    We are committed to protecting the environment and preventing pollution.
  • Teamwork – 
    We support each other to reach common goals.
  • Stewardship – 
    We use assets and resources wisely.
  • Civic Responsibility – 
    We are committed to our community.
  • Continual Improvement –
    We are committed to continual improvement of our Management System, processes, and procedures.

Download our Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct handbook (commonly referred to as the Blue Book).


NASSCO’s shipyard facilities are capable of building commercial cargo ships and tankers and Navy auxiliary ships up to 1,000 feet in length and servicing or repairing any vessel sailing on the West Coast of the United States.

Our main shipyard is located on San Diego Bay, which has a channel depth of 35 feet. To reach NASSCO, ships pass under the Coronado Bridge, which has a vertical clearance of 195 feet. The shipyard encompasses 80 acres of land and 46 acres of water and offers:

  • 2 inclined building ways, 950-feet long and 108-feet wide
  • 8 fully serviced berths ranging from 600 to 1,000 feet
  • A 1,000-foot long, 174-foot wide graving dock with a lift capacity of 30,000 long tons
  • 10 whirley/portal cranes with individual lift capacities up to 300 tons and multi-crane lifts up to 620 tons
  • An 820-foot long, 136-foot wide floating drydock with an ABS-certified lift capacity of 44,000 long tons
  • 6 production workshops and 10 assembly areas
  • 2 blast cells and 5 paint cells for indoor prep and coating of hull blocks (52’x52’x30′)


Our robust ship repair operation spans both coasts and is primarily conducted in four strategic U.S. ports: Bremerton, Washington; Mayport, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Our capabilities include advanced ship repair, conversion, and maintenance for both commercial and national defense assets.

DOWNLOAD: NASSCO Repair Fact Sheet