Detyen’s Shipyards to Conduct Mid-Term Availability of U.S. Navy Fast Combat Support Ship, USNS Arctic

Detyen’s Shipyards Inc. is awarded a contract for a 59-calendar day shipyard availability for the mid-term availability of the U.S. Navy Supply-class fast combat support ship, USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

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

The availability work will include furnishing general services for the ship, collection holding tank, piping repairs, 4 overhead steel replacement, tank top steel replacements, main switch board cleaning, refurbish unrep saddles, winches, and drive chains, vent systems cleaning, underwater propellers cleaning and generator cleaning.

The contract work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, is expected to be completed by Jan. 23, 2019.

USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8)

USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8), formerly USS Arctic (AOE-8), is the third ship in the Supply class of fast combat support ships and is the fifth supply ship to carry the name of the Arctic region.

Arctic was built by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) – now General Dynamics NASSCO – in San Diego, California.

Since decommissioning on 14 June 2002, Arctic has been operated by the Military Sealift Command, homeported in Earle, New Jersey. As a U.S. Naval Ship, Arctic is civilian manned and no longer carries the weapons systems she previously (as USS Arctic) was equipped with. One of these systems was the Phalanx CIWS.

Arctic has the speed to keep up with the carrier strike groups. She rapidly replenishes Navy task forces and can carry more than 177,000 barrels (28,100 m3) of oil; 2,150 tons of ammunition; 500 tons of dry stores; and 250 tons of refrigerated stores. She receives petroleum products, ammunition, and stores from shuttle ships and redistributes these items simultaneously to carrier strike group ships. This reduces the vulnerability of serviced ships by reducing alongside time.

Like other fast combat support ships, Arctic is part of MSC’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force.



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