USS John P. Murtha Completes Selected Restricted Availability

The U.S. Navy San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) completed her selected restricted availability on-time, the service announced.

Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully delivered the vessel on Jan. 8.

“The team’s determination to complete John P. Murtha’s availability was clearly reflected in their hard work, which resulted in a successful delivery,” said Capt. David Hart, commanding officer, SWRMC. “Their willingness to work through and overcome any challenges is another example of SWRMC’s dedication to providing a much-needed asset to the Fleet on-time.”

The work accomplished during the selected restricted availability included the complete overhaul of the Kelly Crane, and install of the Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HM&E) / Navigation Critical Distribution System (NAVCRIT), and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES). The teams also made repairs to the main propulsion diesel engines, ship service diesel generators, exhaust bellow, and ballast tank. Over 211 additional work items were executed on various platforms throughout the ship.

According to SWRMC Execution Branch Head (BAE Shipyard) for John P. Murtha, Thomas Grand, one of the key elements that resulted in the successful completion of this availability was the drive to work together as a team and maintaining a positive attitude throughout.

During the availability, SWRMC teams collaborated with Serco, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Raytheon, Delphinus, and VT Milcom to conduct a variety of scheduled maintenance.

“Everyone involved worked in concert to bring the availability together to get John P. Murtha completed on time,” said Grand. “Team camaraderie, open communication, and a supportive CO that projected a contagious optimism throughout the availability helped get the work done.”

USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the U.S. Navy and is named in honor of Congressman John Murtha (1932–2010) of Pennsylvania.

The contract to build John P. Murtha was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2011. John P. Murtha’s keel was laid down on June 6, 2012, and the ship was launched on October 30, 2014. She was christened on March 21, 2015, delivered to the Navy on May 13, 2016, placed in active service on August 11, 2016, and commissioned on October 8, 2016.



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