USS Anchorage Returns to Fleet After Maintenance Availability

U.S. Navy Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully delivered San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) from her availability on-time, Oct. 16.

During the availability, SWRMC teams collaborated with contractors from BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, and the ship’s force to conduct a variety of scheduled overhauls. BAE Systems was awarded a $41.8 million contract for the routine maintenance and modernization last year.

The work completed during the availability consisted of removing and rebuilding the entire combat systems suite, the complete overhaul of the rescue boat handling and towing boom, and several air conditioning units. The teams also made repairs to the knuckle boom crane, main propulsion diesel engines, service diesel generators, and deck machinery. Additionally, over 20 electronic alterations and modifications were made throughout the ship to include inspection and repair to over 85 tanks and voids.

“SWRMC worked with BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair to find cost-effective and innovative solutions during the availability to support on-time delivery of the ship,” said Capt. David Hart, commanding officer, SWRMC. “By staying focused on the goal, the team was able to accomplish the required work to return Anchorage to the fleet, ready to support the Navy’s mission.”

The two major factors to Anchorage’s early completion were teamwork and a positive attitude, according to SWRMC Anchorage Project Manager Andre Ross.

“Understanding our roles and responsibilities and how they correlate with the other team member’s roles and responsibilities,” said Ross. “Each person on the maintenance team contributed significantly with their ability to effectively communicate discrepancies found under their cognizance, discuss and develop mitigation plans, and execute those plans. I am very proud of this team and their ability to overcome challenges to deliver on time.”

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock and the second ship of the United States Navy to be namesake of the U.S. city of Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage’s keel was laid down on 24 September 2007, at the Avondale Shipyard near New Orleans, Louisiana, then owned by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ship was launched on 12 February 2011 and christened two months later becoming the first ship christened by Huntington Ingalls Industries since Northrop Grumman spun off its shipbuilding divisions.

Anchorage was formally delivered to the U.S. Navy on 17 September 2012 and was commissioned 4 May 2013.

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