SASEBO, Japan - The Avenger-class mine counter measure ship USS Warrior (MCM 10) entered dry dock at SSK Shipyard and Ships Repair Facility Det. Sasebo to begin a scheduled Docking Selected Repair Availability (DSRA), Feb. 3.
The dry dock period is a vital time for the ship and crew as maintenance below the hull is performed and vital system upgrades are completed.
According to Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Biggs, Warrior’s executive officer, the ship got underway without power (dead stick) Feb. 3 from Berth India 8 at Commander Fleet Activities, Sasebo in order to transit into the flooded dry dock. Three pusher boats and a tug carefully positioned the vessel onto support blocks as the water was slowly pumped from the dock.
“Safety was our major concern,” said Biggs. “Anytime the ship is moved without power of its own, there is a greater need for extra attention to detail and overall vigilance.”
During DSRA, Warrior will undergo extensive maintenance and upgrades necessary to improve its mission readiness and war fighting capabilities instrumental to remaining a force in the Pacific area of operation.
“Since its arrival in seventh fleet Warrior has continued to improve and upgrade its capabilities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin S. McCormick Jr., Warrior’s commanding officer. “This dry dock period is the capstone to a year in which Warrior’s crew has tirelessly worked to ensure Warrior remains mission ready.”
Upon completion of DSRA, Warrior will undergo sea trials and is expected to reassume operational commitments in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
Providing warships ready for combat, developing Sailors, and training crews to fight and win are the subjects of Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet's "Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet" which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on warfighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.
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