For the first time, a woman is leading Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Captain Dianna Wolfson is the 110th commander
Captain Dianna Wolfson
Posted at 9:14 AM, Jan 15, 2021

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - For the first time, the nation's oldest public shipyard has a woman in charge.

Captain Dianna Wolfson became the 110th commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard earlier this month, becoming the first woman to hold the job.

Wolfson had already made history when she became the first female commander of any of the four public shipyards when she took command at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 2019.

She takes over at a critical time for Norfolk Naval, with the Navy pushing to modernize facilities at the shipyard.

Wolfson says she plans to prioritize leadership performance, organizational culture, employee development, and mission execution.

“We have one mission—to forge every opportunity to preserve our national security and gain a competitive advantage to be the shipyard our Navy needs through our exceptional, safe, timely and cost-conscious delivery of our warships. Together, we are in the mission of relentlessly chasing best performance in the stewardship of our nation’s naval assets,” Wolfson said in a news release.

This tour as commander will mark the third time Wolfson has worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.