By Jesse Scardina
May 10. 2015 2:00AM
Shipyard stands tall 10 years after BRAC
Paul O’Connor remembers where he was May 13, 2005.
It was Friday the 13th, and he along with 2,000 other Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employees were on the grassy knoll in the center of the base. The shipyard, a standard setter up to that point, was placed on the Base Realignment and Closure list, also referred to as the BRAC list. It’s a potential death sentence for any base, and the fallout of a closure to surrounding communities is extraordinary.