NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Navy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday unveiling the new Submarine Universal Modular Mast (UMM) Maintenance Tower onboard NAVSTA Norfolk.
Officials say attendance for the ceremony was limited due to ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols.
The new 55 foot tall, 1,300 square-foot tower was built by Norfolk-based Tazewell Contracting Officials say it will have a major impact in servicing the Navy’s modern, state-of-the-art Virginia and future-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines.
The contract was awarded in May of 2018 and construction finalized in January of 2021.
Prior to the project, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Naval Submarine Base New London were the only two sites in the Navy that could perform repairs and maintenance to the UMM, which is an integrated system that houses the submarine’s periscope, antennas and sensors.