ARABIAN GULF – Guided-missile Destroyer USS Benfold’s (DDG 65) Engineering department celebrated the success of repairing one of the ship’s gas turbine generators.
Recently, Benfold suffered a major casualty to one of three gas turbine generators. Through the collaborative troubleshooting by Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) Norfolk and NSSA Bahrain, the causes of the casualty were able to be identified. Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 1st Classes Rachyl Drennan and Cesar Labrador, and Gas Turbine System Technician Fireman Patrick Clarke replaced a faulty transformer and wiring, and re-established the connection to the interface module. Their combined efforts brought the generator back to life and Benfold back to 100 percent material readiness.
Lt. Jason Harr, chief engineer aboard Benfold, was impressed with the engineers.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of the engineers and all Benfold Sailors in keeping Benfold ship-shape and in fighting trim,” said Harr. “Our Sailors work around-the-clock to ensure we’re always mission ready.
Benfold’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dave Oden, expressed his gratitude to the Sailors and technical representatives from NSSA Norfolk and NSSA Bahrain.
“As commanding officer, I simply could not ask for more from my crew and our supporting cast back home,” said Oden.
Benfold is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.