Detyens Shipyard Wins Contract for Regular Overhaul of USNS Lewis and Clark

Detyens Shipyard is being awarded a contract for a 94-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of U.S. Navy’s dry cargo ship, USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1).

The firm, fixed-price contract, worth around $21 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) located in Norfolk, Virginia.

The work will include furnish general services for the ship, physical security at private contractor’s facility (Force Protection Condition Bravo); deck house cleaning and painting (near White Blast); cargo crane 10 year retest survey; hydraulic hoses replacement and recertification; lifeboat certification and falls renewal (5 year); docking and un-docking vessel; propeller shaft and stern tube inspection; underwater hull cleaning and painting; freeboard cleaning and painting (near White Blast); freshwater stern tube lubrication system installation T-Alt 403; sliding block and transfer head refurbishment; chain replacement; and flight deck nonskid renewal.

Work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed by August 2018.

Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds for the amount of the contract will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The amount includes Category “A” work item cost, additional government requirement , other direct costs, and the general and administrative costs.

USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1)

USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) is an American dry cargo ship, the lead ship of her namesake class.

It was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

The contract to build her was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 18 October 2001 and her keel was laid down on 22 April 2004. She was launched on 21 May 2005, co-sponsored by Jane Lewis Sale Henley and Lisa Clark, descendants of the ship’s namesakes. She was delivered to the Navy on 20 June 2006.

In 2012, Lewis and Clark became one of 14 ships that comprise the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Maritime Prepositioning Program (MPP).

The USNS Lewis and Clark helps allow the Marine Corps maintain a forward presence. Her primary mission is the delivery of supplies to enable the arrival and assembly of a Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB). The T-AKE transfers cargo — ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts, ship store items and expendable supplies to Marine and joint forces ashore.

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