PACIFIC OCEAN - For the first time since December 2013, the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) got underway under her own power, June 18.
This momentous occasion marks the end of a lengthy repair period and the start of a very exciting time in Momsen’s life. The success of the ship throughout an extensive dry-docking maintenance period followed by Main Reduction Gear (MRG) repairs is a testament to the crew’s strength and ability to persevere.
Now that Momsen is once again operational, the crew said they are enthusiastic and ready to meet the challenges ahead.
After 10 long months in dry dock at Vigor Shipyard in Seattle, Momsem returned to Naval Station Everett to begin a four month, emergent MRG repair.
"The intent of conducting the emergent repairs was to ensure that MOMSEN meets her designed service life,” said Cmdr. Javier Gonzalez, Momsen’s commanding officer.
Throughout the time in dry dock, the ship’s crew expended more than 42,000 man hours in support of 530 major work items. During MOMSEN’s time pier side, the crew completed many basic phase training events including engineering plant Light-Off Assessment, search and rescue certification, medical certification and basic combat training.
Both the ship’s chief petty officers mess and wardroom said they could not be more proud of the effort put forth to get to this point.
Ahead of Momsen is several months of trials, tests, and inspections, all designed to prepare the ship for a deployment sometime next year. The time ahead will not be easy, but the crew is ready.
With the extensive repairs and dry-dock behind them, the Momsen crew is looking forward to the many challenges and rewards of sea duty as they once again become an operational asset in the “World’s Greatest” Navy.