PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – With the introduction of forty-six feet of water in the basin and the assistance of two tugs, USS O’Kane (DDG 77) undocked from Dry Dock 4 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 9.
The event marked a major milestone in completing O’Kane’s maintenance availability period, scheduled to end in December.
“Undocking was an all hands evolution where everyone on board contributed to safely refloating our ship,” said Commander Gina McCaine, Commanding Officer of USS O’Kane. “Whether it was monitoring a space for flooding, handling lines, or being ready to respond to any casualty.”
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer maneuvered into the drydock basin on March 4 for repairs and modernizations. This is the second drydocking in O’Kane’s 15-year history and the largest Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability conducted in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard history.
With O’Kane back in the water, shipbuilders and Sailors can focus on the final restoration, outfitting, and testing of the ship’s systems. These final weeks of the availability will also be dedicated to modernizing the galley and two berthing compartments, making them habitable for the crew when they return to the ship.
O’Kane’s crew will begin moving on board in October after occupying a berthing barge for the past several months.
The 42 week maintenance availability began Feb. 23 following the offload of all missiles and ammunition. The ship spent more than 20 of the 42 weeks in drydock where shipyard workers and crew members completed hundreds of jobs.
“Both crew and shipyard have worked tirelessly and without incident to return our ship to sea, where she belongs,” said McCaine.
Twenty-nine ship alterations will be completed, including bow strengthening modifications, advanced galley modifications to improve meal preparation times and serving capacity, berthing renovations, mast preservation, antenna overhaul, and shafts, rudders, propeller reconditioning. The overall cost is estimated to be $57 million.
Although the ship has not been in water for over six months, the crew retained their skill and proficiency by performing gun shoots, damage control drills, warfighting level of knowledge tests, and anti-terrorism force protection drills.
Upon completion of the remaining maintenance work, system tests and will mark the end of O’kane’s maintenance period which culminates in sea trials to certify the ship’s condition and readiness for future deployments.