The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge [LHD-3] has an innovative crew that has saved the Navy money, but she still needs maintenance just like every other ship.
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair in Norfolk, VA received a $19.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-4403) for the USS Kearsarge’s FY 2009 docked phased maintenance availability. That’s a pretty basic maintenance operation, and includes routine items like: repair bilge keel; accomplish underwater hull inspection; repair salt water ballast tank; repair/replace underwater hull sea chest; replace distilling plant brine pump overboard discharge piping; accomplish underwater hull preservation; inspect and repair impressed cathodic protection system; etc.
Work will be performed in Portsmouth, VA and is expected to be complete by October 2009. All contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center in Norfolk, VA manages the contract.