SAN DIEGO, Ca. – USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) returned to Naval Station San Diego on June 15 after spending 11 months at NASSCO and Continental Maritime San Diego ship yards for a scheduled Extended Dock Phased Maintenance Availability (EDPMA). The ship left the ship yard on time and is expected to complete the availability in July.
Cmdr. Brian Finman USS Rushmore Commanding Officer “The ship’s crew and the maintenance team have been working hard to prepare the ship for its departure from the ship yard. Their work has helped ensure the Navy gets a full return on this important investment.”
USS Rushmore is the second Dock Landing Ship (LSD) on the West Coast to undergo the LSD mid-life upgrade EDPMA, and the fourth LSD in the fleet. The purpose of this mid-life maintenance availability is to ensure the ship will reach its full service life and to upgrade numerous systems that make the ship more efficient and reliable.
“Due to the hard work and efforts of Rushmore’s Sailors the ship was able to exit the in-yard maintenance period on time. It feels great to be back at 32nd Street with the fleet. Rushmore Sailors and I look forward to sea trials and completing the availability on time!” Stated Lt. Cmdr. Michael Stucky, USS Rushmore Executive Officer.
Lt. Cmdr Matthew Shellock USS Rushmore’s Chief Engineer shares the same enthusiasm, “Rushmore is back to life! After nearly a full year in the shipyard environment, the ship has been through the ringer.”
Rushmore’s Chief Engineer has supervised the entire overhaul of all engineering repairs and renovations through this time and will see it from start to finish. “After significant repairs to nearly all systems onboard, she was shocked back into life in late April when electrical plant testing began. Nothing is sweeter to the Engineer's ear than hearing a Diesel engine start up on the first try after 11 months of down time.
“Now, all four Main Engines are up, all four Diesel Generators are up, and the ship is ready to get underway. The entire crew has been pouring their heart and soul into breathing new life into our ship. Now it's time to test out our equipment, validate repairs, and get our ship underway!”
While in the shipyard for an extended period of time, many of the ship’s Sailors used that time to attend formal schools and off-ship training. Many also pursued college classes, SAT preparation, and volunteered in local programs.
“This extended time in the yards has allowed Sailors to do a lot of good work on and off Rushmore,” said LT j.g. Britton Finney, USS Rushmore Auxiliaries Officer. “And as we are wrapping up this extended availability, the individual systems we worked on are now being integrated together. It’s a very exciting thing to see.”
USS Rushmore is the 7th of 8 ships in the Whidbey Island Class. The ship’s mission is to embark Marines with their combat equipment and vehicles, then remain at sea as an on-call force to conduct a diverse range of amphibious operations.
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