Bataan Leaves Dry Dock, Moors Pierside

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy L. Grisham, USS Bataan Public Affairs

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) moved out of dry dock to her new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Feb. 7 as part of her depot planned maintenance availability (DPMA). The movement is part of the DPMA plan, which is to refurbish spaces and install new components and systems aboard the ship.

"It was a race to the finish," said the ship's Repair Officer, Lt. Cmdr. David Wuestewald. "The last fuel tank closure was being completed the afternoon prior to the dock's flooding."

Bataan has been at NNSY since September, and contractors and Bataan's crew have been working on various modifications and habitability projects, such as the MV-22 Osprey modification in the hangar bay, and installation of a compensating fuel system. "We are done with most of the modifications aboard the ship," said Wuestewald. "Now the main focus will be touch-up work around the ship."

Moving the ship out of the dry dock facility to the pier was a major evolution for the ship's crew and Norfolk Naval Shipyard personnel, taking more than eight hours. "It was exciting getting the CIC [Combat Information Center] manned and ready for the evolution," said Senior Chief Operations Specialist (SW/AW) William J. Phillips. "Having water under the keel again means that at-sea operations are right around the corner." The crew aboard the ship had various responsibilities during the move, including standing watches, inspecting for watertight integrity around the ship's hull and line handling. Meanwhile, shipyard personnel were responsible for the controlled flooding of the dock, moving the dry dock's caisson and orchestrating the ship's movement. "This was a major milestone in the DPMA," added Wuestewald. "Now we look forward to the production completion date, crew move-aboard and light-off assessment." Bataan is more than halfway through her eight-month DPMA period. Bataan is the fifth ship of the Navy's Wasp-class ships. She was commissioned Sept. 20, 1997, and is the second U.S. Navy warship to bear the name.

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines

Austal Delivers 7th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered Cape Wessel, the seventh of eight Cape Class patrol boats being supplied to Australian Border Force under a $330 million design,

EU NAVFOR Consults Somali Fisherman

Sailors from Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Libeccio speak to local fishermen about European Union’s efforts to deter Somali piracy   Sailors from Operation Atalanta

Patrol Boats

Austal Delivers 7th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered Cape Wessel, the seventh of eight Cape Class patrol boats being supplied to Australian Border Force under a $330 million design,

SAFE Boats Bags Homeland Security Order

Production of Customs and Border Protection’s coastal interceptor vessels to commence immediately   SAFE Boats International informs it has been awarded a contract from U.

China's Navy holds Missile Combat Resupply Drill

China's navy held its first drill simulating the resupply of missiles in a combat environment in the Yellow Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday, the latest

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1055 sec (9 req/sec)