Detyens Shipyards to Conduct Regular Overhaul of USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5)

Detyens Shipyards is being awarded a contract for a 75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of U.S. Navy’s Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5).

The firm- fixed-price contract, worth around $16 million, was awarded by the U. S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command,(MSC) located in Norfolk, Virginia. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds for the amount are being obligated at the time of award.

Work will include clean and gas-free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces, propulsion motor and cooler, main generator maintenance and cleaning, high voltage switchboard and emergency switchboard cleaning, five year main engine flex hose replacement, dry-docking and undocking, propeller shaft and stern tube inspect, freshwater (closed loop) stern tube lubrication, underwater hull cleaning and painting, freeboard cleaning and painting, sea valve replacements, renew flight deck nonskid, and reverse osmosis unit sea-chest installation.

Work will be performed in North Charleston, South Carolina, will begin March 19, 2018 and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2018.

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5)

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship in the United States Navy. She is the fourth Navy ship named for Arctic explorer, Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856–1920).

As part of Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF), the ship’s mission is to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to carrier battle groups and other naval forces, serving as a shuttle ship or station ship.

The contract to build Robert E. Peary was awarded to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 27 January 2004. Her keel was laid down on 12 December 2006 and she was launched on schedule on 27 October 2007. However, the planned christening ceremony had to be delayed because of the local disruption caused by the October 2007 California wildfires.

The Robert E. Peary was christened on 9 February 2008, sponsored by Peary’s great-granddaughter, Monroe County, Fl. Circuit Court Judge Peary S. Fowler.

Lewis and Clark-class ships replaced the existing fifteen Mars- and Sirius-class combat store ships and the Kilauea-class ammunition ships. When operating in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler the Lewis and Clarks have replaced the Sacramento-class fast combat support ships.

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