Modernization and mission improvements will extend USS Bonhomme Richard’s service life
By Edward Lundquist
Photos by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is currently at NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego for a nine-month, $101 million dry-dock planned maintenance availability period. The repairs to the 844-foot amphibious assault ship will be completed by July 2011.
The 40,358-ton Bonhomme Richard is a Wasp-class LHD, built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., and currently assigned to the Naval Surface Force in the Pacific Fleet.
The first seven ships of this class have two boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 horsepower. The newest member of the class, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), has two gas turbines and two shafts delivering 70,000 total shaft horsepower, as well as two 5,000 horsepower auxiliary propulsion motors. Wasp-class LHDs can attain speeds of greate... [More]
Corrosion “cover up”
Navy puts topside gear under wraps
By Edward Lundquist
New “Envelop” anti-corrosion equipment covers, recently installed aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74), are designed to protect above-decks weapons and equipment from the Navy’s age-old adversary: corrosion.
The new waterproof, breathable protective covers protect gear from prolonged exposure to corrosion-causing elements, such as sea water, dirt and dust, windblown sand, rain and snow, and the ultraviolet rays from the sun.
“They're really very similar to a protective cover you'd put over your car, except they're designed specifically for each piece of deck equipment,” says Chris Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). “They just slip right on and off.”
Boatswain's Mates 3rd Class Kirstopher Reynolds and Hank Cluck cover equipment with one of the Navy's new Envelop protection covers on the focísle of the guid... [More]
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DoD Recognizes PHNSY as Top Maintenance Provider
From Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs
TAMPA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Department of Defense awarded Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard the Robert T. Mason award for excellence in DoD depot level maintenance, at the DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 17.
The award recognized the shipyard's high-level work performed on vessels requiring overhaul. In addition to emergency repairs to vessels of strategic importance to the Navy, the award also recognized other PHNSY accomplishments, including successful Virginia-class submarine support planning, facilities modernization planning, process improvements, and community outreach.
"It is our responsibility to provide high quality maintenance for our Navy's fleet - a responsibility we don't take lightly," said Capt. Brian Osgood, PHNSY commander. "Everything we do is with a sense of honor, courage, commitment, and Aloha."
As a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field acti... [More]
Navy Establishes New Surface Ship Maintenance Activity
From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy leadership officially established the Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) during a ceremony Nov. 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
SURFMEPP is a Naval Sea Systems Command activity responsible for managing the long-term maintenance requirements for ships in the surface fleet.
Initiated in May 2009 as a NAVSEA field activity called the Surface Ship Lifecycle Management (SSLCM) Activity, the ceremony officially established SURFMEPP as a shore command, responsible for providing a comprehensive assessment and sustainment infrastructure for surface ships.
Capt. Timothy Corrigan, who previously served as director of SSLCM, will now serve as the SURFMEPP commanding officer.
"We, as the surface maintenance community, face the challenge of changing the culture and means of i... [More]