USS Michigan Begins 17-Month Refit Period

July 26, 2019 – USS Michigan (SSGN 727) docked on July 10 to begin a 17-month Extended Refit Period which will end in 2020. Work during this availability includes battery replacement, structural repair and preservation, shaft replacement, other propulsion plant inspections and improvements, and installation of several new alterations. Critical path work for the ERP will be the structural repairs and preservation of the superstructure and ballast tanks. Maintenance availabilities are a key element in maintaining an agile and modern fleet that is able to remain on station for long…

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Coast Guard, Navy participate in ribbon cutting ceremony for new pier and facilities in Port Angeles

September 14, 2018 – The entrance to the Transit Protection System pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 14, 2018. The 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle is located on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles and can berth up to seven boats. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

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Puget Sound Submarine Escort Change of Command

The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox crew held a change-of-command ceremony in Poulsbo WA July 12th. Chief Warrant Officer Hank H. Deatrich took command of the 87-foot Marine Protector-Class Patrol Boat from Chief Warrant Officer Chad P. Lynch in a traditional military ceremony held under the direction of Cmdr. Thomas Evans, the commanding officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) Bangor. Lynch served as the commanding officer for the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox from May 2015 through July 2018 and oversaw all vessel operations and the execution of over…

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USS Nebraska returns from first strategic deterrent patrol since 2013

The blue crew of Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, July 12, following the boat’s first strategic deterrent mission since 2013. Nebraska recently completed a 41-month engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) to extend the life of the submarine for another 20 years. “Nebraska’s return to strategic service represents an important milestone in the life of the ship,” said Capt. Nicholas Tilbrook, commander, Submarine Squadron 17. “When the decision was made to extend the Ohio-class submarines from a 30-year ship life to 42 years, midlife refueling…

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