SWRMC Completes Early Repairs on U.S. Navy Cruiser USS Princeton

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) maintenance team completed early repairs for U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) on June 5.

“Your superb coordination, synchronization, and communication in a restricted COVID-19 maintenance environment enabled the repair to be completed days ahead of schedule and supported Princeton’s sail away,” said Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S Pacific Fleet, Vice Admiral Richard Brown to SWRMC repair team in a Bravo Zulu message.

SWRMC Waterfront Operations were notified on May 15 of an engine cooling fan failure during Princeton’s recent underway. This failure rendered one of the main propulsion engines inoperable and in need of extensive repairs due to location on the ship. The repairs were scheduled to be completed in two weeks.

USS Princeton (CG-59)
In this file photo, USS Princeton (CG 59) transits through the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Raul Moreno Jr.)

Amidst the COVID-19 concerns, coordinated efforts were made for the safe and efficient replacement of the cooling fan, with the maintenance team arriving on site as soon as possible to begin repairs. Five days into repairs, Princeton commanding officer requested completion date be moved up to accommodate their new schedule. SWRMC maintenance teams reassessed and came together to lay out a strategy adjusting the repair duration to meet Princeton’s commitments.

SWRMC employees worked with Princeton’s crew to complete the repairs six days ahead of schedule in support of Princeton’s operational commitments.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what this team has accomplished, with time restrictions and COVID-19 precautions, they were still able to complete ahead of schedule.” said Capt. David Hart, SWRMC’s commanding officer. “Great job by the entire team – accomplishments like this are what make SWRMC an organization the Navy can depend on!”


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