Vigor Marine Wins Contract for Overhaul of USNS Charles Drew Dry Cargo Ship

Vigor Marine LLC, the repair and modernization subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, is being awarded a contract for a 47-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of the U.S. Navy’s Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10).

The firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $14 million, was awarded by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) located in Norfolk, Virginia. Fiscal 2018 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds for the amount are being obligated at the time of award, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Work will include furnishing general services for the ship, forward aqueous fire-fighting foam system piping replacement, docking and un-docking vessel, propeller shaft and stern tube inspection, underwater hull cleaning and painting, freeboard cleaning and painting, freshwater stern tube lubrication system installation, and flight deck nonskid renewal.

The contract work will be performed in Portland, Oregon (beginning March 28, 2018), and is expected to be completed by May 13, 2018.

USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10)

USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy.

The ship was named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904–1950), who developed improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II, saving thousands of Allied lives.

The contract to build Charles Drew was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 31 January 2008. Her keel was laid down on 17 March 2009. Charles Drew was christened and launched on 27 February 2010, sponsored by Mrs. Bebe Drew Price, the eldest daughter of Dr. Drew. The principal address at the ceremony was given by Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, the Surgeon General of the United States.

Charles Drew was delivered to Military Sealift Command (MSC) on 14 July 2010 and began conducting missions for MSC in spring 2011 and will operate in the Pacific.

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