Detyens Shipyards Receives Contract for Regular Overhaul of USNS Arctic

Detyens Shipyards Inc. is awarded a $17 million contract for a 75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of the U.S. Navy Supply-class fast combat support ship, USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8).

The firm-fixed-price contract was awarded by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) which operates the vessel. The contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to around $20.7 million.

This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website and one offer was received. Contract funds are obligated in fiscal 2020 using Navy working capital funds.

The overhaul work will include seal change for reduction gear main thrust bearings, main switchboard cleaning, dry-docking of the vessel, ships service diesel generator turbocharger overhaul, rigid hull inflatable boat davit five-year overhaul and weight test, underwater hull cleaning and painting, replace rudder seals, steel renewal, overhaul spanwire and hauling winch electric motor, propeller shaft and stern tube inspection and freeboard cleaning and painting.

Work will be performed in North Charleston, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2020.

In 2018, Detyens Shipyards Inc. was awarded a contract for a 59-calendar day shipyard availability for the mid-term availability of USNS Arctic.

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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