A selected restricted availability (SRA) was successfully completed aboard the USS Ross (DDG 71) at the Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Detachment Rota on October 31.
The USS Ross is one of the U.S. Navy’s four forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers homeported in Rota, Spain that supports regional security initiatives and ballistic missile defense efforts. FDRMC Rota is the Naval Support Activity that had oversight of the availability and the work that was performed under the prime contractor, Navantia.
“The collective dedication and drive of the entire team resulted in on-time delivery of this critical BMD asset to DESRON 60 and the Commander, 6th Fleet,” said Captain Gus Vergara, FDRMC Commanding Officer. “Many factors, including our cooperation and continuous communication with the prime contractor, facilitated the timely completion of the work,” added Cmdr. Luis Socias, FDRMC Officer in Charge.
The 101-day SRA that began on July 22 was comprised of significant hull, mechanical and electrical work and combat system upgrades. Critical structural and preservation work on both forward and aft gas turbine exhaust stack tops, along with full preservation and non-skid replacement on both forward and aft Vertical Launch Systems was conducted. Important modernization work to the Battle Force Tactical Trainer and an upgrade to the shipboard video distribution system was also performed. Lead FDRMC Detachment Rota Project Manager Chris Musgrove spearheaded these efforts.
The USS Ross availability completed four days after the FDRMC Bahrain Detachment team completed a docking phased maintenance availability for the Cyclone-class Patrol Craft, USS Firebolt (PC 10), returning her to the fleet on-time for operational tasking.
FDRMC is a Naval Sea Systems Command Field Activity under the Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center and was established to provide intermediate and depot-level maintenance and modernization support for U.S. Navy ships forward deployed. Manned with highly specialized technicians and support staff, the detachment provides sustainment, fleet technical assistance and voyage repair of naval ships and craft in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs.