SEATTLE - It’s been nearly two months since the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) was towed from its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., to the Vigor Shipyards in Seattle to begin a scheduled six-month dry dock maintenance period, Feb. 10.
After nearly 10 years of service and five arduous deployments, this is the first dry dock maintenance availability in the life of the ship.
Over the course of the dry dock period, Vigor will work alongside Momsen Sailors to execute several systems modernizations, underwater hull restoration, shaft restoration and bow strengthening.
“USS Momsen has made three deployments in the past three years,” said Cmdr. Elaine Collins, Momsen’s commanding officer. “We are finally receiving the much needed and deserved maintenance to keep the ship operating to its expected service life.”
Collins said the teamwork between Vigor Shipyards and the Momsen crew has been excellent.
“We look forward to completing a successful maintenance availability to get back to operations at sea,” said Collins.
Vigor Shipyard officials said they were just as eager to start work on the ship during the maintenance period.
“We first saw Momsen in 2005 for the vessel’s post shakedown availability, and Vigor is proud to again support USS Momsen,” said Greg Rainbolt, project leader at Vigor Shipyards. “This project is an important chapter in our decade’s long history of service to the U.S. Navy, which is based on a commitment to achieve cost, schedule and quality objectives while providing the safest possible environment. Safety defines who we are.”
Momsen is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, built by Bath Iron Works in Maine and commissioned Aug. 28, 2004. The ship is a multi-mission surface combatant capable of anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and strike warfare.
The ship can operate independently or in conjunction with a carrier strike group, surface action group or amphibious ready group. Momsen is 509 feet long, 66 feet wide with a draft of 31 feet and a displacement of 9,200 tons.
The ship is named in honor of Vice Adm. Charles B. Momsen, a submarine officer crucial in the development of the Momsen Lung re-breather as well as the technology that helped to rescue of 33 submariners from USS Squalus (SS 192) in 1939.