SAN DIEGO – USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) undocked from BAE Systems dry-dock on May 8-9, 2017 with the assistance of two tugs, BAE contractors and the ship’s entire crew.
The event marked a major milestone for Paul Hamilton’s mid-life dry dock maintenance period.
“Paul Hamilton’s undocking was a safe and successful evolution” said Cdr. Danielle Defant, Paul Hamilton’s commanding officer. “It was a team effort with BAE Shipyard, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center and ship’s force personnel working together towards a common goal.”
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer maneuvered into the dry-dock basin on August 23, 2016, for repairs and upgrades to meet fleet readiness standards. This requirement was the first dry-docking in Paul Hamilton’s 21 -year service life.
With Paul Hamilton back in the water, shipbuilders and Sailors can focus on the restoration, habitability and testing of the ship’s systems. In the coming months of the availability, the ship's crew will also be dedicated to upgrading the galley and outfitting the berthing compartments with up to date functionalities, making them habitable for the crew to move onboard in November 2017.
The extended dry-docked selective restricted availability began July 25th, 2016, following the one month continuous maintenance availability (CMAV). The ship spent 40 weeks in dry-dock, where shipyard workers and crew members completed hundreds of jobs and re-modernization.
“The extended dry-docking of the ship from August 2016 to May 2017 allowed the Navy to fully inspect and conduct significant repairs on a twenty-one year old DDG”, said Defant. “The work completed will allow Paul Hamilton to complete missions and serve for another twenty years.”
When it concludes, almost 300 work items will be complete, including advanced galley modifications to improve meal preparation times and serving capacity, berthing renovations, mast preservation, antenna overhaul, communication equipment installation, as well as reconditioned shafts, rudders, and propellers. The overall cost is estimated to be about $61 million.
Although the ship has not been operating at sea for many months, the crew retains its skill and proficiency by performing multiple gun shoots, damage control drills, war fighting level of knowledge tests and anti-terrorism force protection drills.
Upon completion of the remaining maintenance period, and system tests in December 2017, Paul Hamilton will commence a three month CMAV and sea trials to certify the ship’s condition and readiness for future deployments.
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