About Us


General Dynamics NASSCO has been designing and building ships in San Diego’s industrial corridor since 1960 and is the only 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.

We strive to be the shipyard of choice for securing our nation and fueling our economy. We are highly dedicated professionals anchored in teamwork and propelled by innovation. We are OneTeam, OneNASSCO, better every day. 

Perform: We maintain a focus on safety, quality and ownership in all aspects of work. 
Learn : We encourage and trust one another to grow and learn while holding ourselves and each other accountable for our collective results.
Improve: We acknowledge our mistakes and act on opportunities to continuously improve.
Sustain : We are good stewards of our business, our community and our environment.

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 86 acres of land and 47 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
  • 9 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 NASVEA certified floating drydock with a lift capacity of 35,000 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.