USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) began a four-month selected restricted availability at Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022 following its recent five-month deployment across the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
At the time of its return to Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 16, 2021, Reagan was the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. During its deployment, the ship transited nearly 43,000 nautical miles. After all those miles steamed, the carrier is ready for some much-needed maintenance and repairs.
Employees from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, along with ship’s force and contractors, will work together to complete maintenance on the aircraft carrier.
Monte Levin, Reagan Project superintendent, said lessons learned from previous availabilities will help ensure this availability is completed in a quick and efficient manner. For example, the team has successfully implemented many lessons from previous installs of the Electronic Throttle Control ship alteration to speed up the installation timeline. The team also implemented improvements from Shop 26, Welders, and Shop 56, Pipefitters, on the repair of the reboiler, a new work item for the Japan availability. They are also gathering many new lessons to be applied to future carrier availabilities.
The team has taken advantage of the early start period to get a jump on many critical and controlling path work strings—tank work, reboiler retubing, along with many other long-duration inspections and repairs commenced well ahead of the start of availability date.
This early start to work has allowed the team to reduce the availability’s risk by discovering many new work and growth items early. The project team is also coordinating with the Yokosuka Detachment to get contractors started early on some work.
The team is in an excellent position to complete on time, despite COVID challenges, with availability scheduled for completion in spring of 2022.