Colonna’s Shipyard Awarded Contract for Regular Overhaul of USNS Spearhead

Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. is awarded a contract for a 67-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of the U.S. Navy’s lead Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel, USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1).

The firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $8 million, was awarded by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The contract work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 10, 2019. It will include furnishing general services for the ship; physical security at private contractor’s facility; clean and gas-free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces, heater exchangers; structural inspection and weld repair; aluminum hull repair and structural repairs; support for main propulsion engine overhauls and support for generator overhauls; reduction gear maintenance; annual stern ramp maintenance; communication and navigation annuals; lifesaving equipment annuals; annual ride control maintenance; stern ramp control system and extension swap; tunnel paint expansion and underwater hull paint touch up; and docking and undocking of the vessel.

The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to over $9 million. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 10, 2019.

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1)

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF-1) (formerly JHSV-1) is the first Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport operated by the Military Sealift Command. USNS Spearhead was christened on 17 September 2011.

Spearhead, as well as other ships of her class, are built to a modular design that allows them to be rapidly refitted with various equipment within a 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) bay depending on the mission at hand. Spearhead is planned for non-combat missions, such as transportation of troops or equipment.

Spearhead is 103 metres (338 ft) long and 28.5 metres (94 ft) in beam, and has a draft of 3.83 metres (12.6 ft).

The ship is powered by four MTU 20V8000 M71L engines, each with a power of 9.1 megawatts (12,200 hp), driving four Wärtsilä WLD 1400 SR waterjets through ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears. This allows for a maximum speed of 43 knots (49 mph) and a service speed of 35 knots (40 mph).

She has space for 41 crewmembers, though under normal conditions will sail with 22, as well as sleeping accommodations for up to 150 people and an additional 312 seats for troop transport.

There are also facilities for one helicopter.

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