The U.S. Navy officially established Navy Yard Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands as a mid-Pacific coaling and repair station on May 13, 1908. Hawaii's strategic location ensured the nation a vital waypoint and defensive outpost between the U.S. mainland and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.
The Shipyard's transformation from this modest station to a world-class Navy complex mirrored the global influences of the region as the area continued to catalyze world events. This geographic "perch" on the western-most edge of American territorial interests gave the U.S. a platform to secure sea lanes of communication and commerce, effectively projecting power across the expansive Pacific and Indian oceans.
Generations of Shipyard workers have witnessed more than a century of war, conflict, and evolving global interests from this critical geographic vantage point. Our men and women strengthened our nation's rise from an historic attack on their homeland to provide pivotal support and a hard-fought victory in World War II, earning the motto "We Keep Them Fit to Fight." Shipyarders also supported the fleet in the Korea conflict, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, in combat operations in support of ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in a myriad of international affairs today. Paralleling these historic milestones, the Shipyard supported the seafaring transition from sail to steam to nuclear power, and helped our Navy progress from the industrial revolution to today's cutting-edge information-technology domain.
Today, the nation reaffirms the Asia-Pacific region as central to global economic development and geopolitical stability in the 21st century. The president and secretary of defense pursue a strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, and the U.S. military continues to increase its role in cooperative security efforts and concentrate its operational focus on the area. These re-balancing actions thrust Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard into a leading support role as the Navy relocates 60 percent of its forces to the Pacific.
The men and women of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) continue the resilient lineage of Shipyarders who have given their blood, sweat and determination in defense of our nation. They are dedicated professionals who repair, maintain and modernize the U.S. Pacific Fleet, while they contribute to the economic and social well-being of the state of Hawaii. They share values of honor, courage, commitment and aloha. And while our nation's defense budget remains constrained and regional interests intensify, PHNSY&IMF endeavors for our "No Ka ‘Oi" Shipyard to be recognized as the superior maintenance provider in the Pacific. As our nation's largest, most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, we will continue to build upon our time-tested foundation. We will provide a capable, ready and "Fit to Fight" fleet, as one of our nation's leading strategic assets in the Asia-Pacific theatre.