YOKOSUKA, Japan – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, the ship will complete a three and a half-month dry dock period Feb. 29, to commence sea trials.
Sea trials are conducted to measure a vessel’s performance and general seaworthiness. Testing of the ship’s speed, maneuverability, equipment and safety features are usually conducted.
“We undock tomorrow and in two weeks time we will conduct sea trials and ammunition onload,” said Cmdr. Steven H. DeMoss, commanding officer. “Once that’s complete, as part of the forward deployed naval forces, we are mission ready at that point in time.”
During her time in dry dock, McCampbell experienced many significant replacements and extensive repairs.
“During this period, we’ve had both of our shafts replaced, significant hull preservation performed and corrosion control work has been completed,” said DeMoss. “With these capability upgrades, it helps ensure we’re ready for any crisis that comes up in the Pacific AOR [area of operations].”
After her time in dry dock, McCampbell will be prepared to support Commander Task Force (CTF 70) in executing the mission of the U. S. Navy in the region.
“We can be tasked for anything that comes up,” said DeMoss. “We are permanently deployed and always ready to respond at a moment’s notice to anything required by the operational commander.”
DeMoss was impressed with the performance of his Sailors and how successful the dry dock process went.
“It’s a testament to the hard work and most importantly the ownership my Sailors have shown towards their ship,” said DeMoss. “We’ve seen this thing all the way through to the end.”