USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), the sixth of seven Bob Hope-class strategic sealift ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was delivered to the U.S. Navy at the company's Avondale Operations in New Orleans.
Participating in the delivery were representatives of the Naval Sea Systems Command
(NAVSEA), the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, New Orleans, and Ship Systems officials.
Delivery took place following Brittin
's integrated sea trials, which combined the formerly separate builder's and Navy Acceptance Trials into one evolution. Brittin, and the 150-member Ship Systems integrated trials team, scored the highest grade ever for a strategic sealift ship, and also recorded a rating of "excellent" by Navy inspectors.
For the first time, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' New Orleans
and Pascagoula, Miss., facilities were utilized for a sea trial.
"The Navy is happy with this ship," commented Capt. Paul
Strifler, USN, the Navy's Inspection and Survey Board's senior
inspector. "This ship operated well, its equipment performed very,
very well, and it's all because of the excellent outfitting that
these shipbuilders were able to achieve. Having seen the tremendous
improvement over the last three ships, I know this shipyard has the
potential to achieve an Outstanding rating on its final ship of the
series, USNS Benavidez."
"We are very pleased with the results attained as we deliver
Brittin," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice
president and president of the Ship Systems sector. "The high-water
mark was Brittin's performance on integrated sea trials. The success
of this early delivery is directly attributable to our skilled
craftsmen who built this important fleet asset. Our program
management, the supervisor of shipbuilding, the Naval Sea Systems
Command and our Avondale Operations proved a remarkable team. We are
proud of all of them."
George Yount, vice president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems'
Avondale Operations, praised the ship and the men and women who worked
on Brittin. "This ship was well prepared, and the positive results of
the integrated trials and today's delivery to the Navy demonstrate
that. Many employees worked extremely hard on Brittin, and I am proud
of their excellent performance."
The ship will remain at Avondale for several weeks of crew
training before departing for its homeport in Norfolk, Va.
Brittin and her sister ships of the class are designed to
support the nation's ability to deploy military equipment and supplies
quickly to U.S. troops around the world and provide prepositioning and
surge sealift capacity to contingency areas worldwide.
The 950-ft.-long, large, medium-speed, RoRo ships
are among the largest in the Navy's Fleet. The ship is designed and
constructed with more than 380,000 square feet of cargo capacity and is
capable of carrying up to 1,000 military wheeled or tracked vehicles
and other cargo.