January 19, 2021 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully delivered USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) from her availability on-time, Jan. 8.
“The team’s determination to complete John P. Murtha’s availability was clearly reflected in their hard work, which resulted in a successful delivery,” said Capt. David Hart, commanding officer, SWRMC. “Their willingness to work through and overcome any challenges is another example of SWRMC’s dedication to providing a much-needed asset to the Fleet on-time.”
The work accomplished during the selected restricted availability included the complete overhaul of the Kelly Crane, and install of the Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HM&E) / Navigation Critical Distribution System (NAVCRIT), and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES). The teams also made repairs to the main propulsion diesel engines, ship service diesel generators, exhaust bellow, and ballast tank. Over 211 additional work items were executed on various platforms throughout the ship.
According to SWRMC Execution Branch Head (BAE Shipyard) for John P. Murtha, Thomas Grand, one of the key elements that resulted in the successful completion of this availability was the drive to work together as a team and maintaining a positive attitude throughout.
During the availability, SWRMC teams collaborated with Serco, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Raytheon, Delphinus, and VT Milcom to conduct a variety of scheduled maintenance.
“Everyone involved worked in concert to bring the availability together to get John P. Murtha completed on time,” said Grand. “Team camaraderie, open communication, and a supportive CO that projected a contagious optimism throughout the availability helped get the work done.”
SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.