Sometimes it’s good to just be reminded of the routine activities of the fleet. For example, the Burke class destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, DDG-108, just completed a Dry Docking Selected Restricted Availability at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF).(1) This is an extensive maintenance period during which the ship’s hull and systems are maintained and modernized. The maintenance period began 24-Mar-2020 and the dry docking portion was completed on 5-Nov-2020.
USS Wayne E. Meyer was commissioned in 2009 so this maintenance period is occurring at around the ten year mark of the ship’s life.
I can’t find a detailed description of the work list but the following is a brief description of the similar maintenance period for Wayne E. Meyer’s sister ship, the O’Kane, DDG-77, just to give you a feel for the scope of the work.
… major alterations include a bow strengthening modification, advanced galley modifications to enhance meal prep times and serving capacity, two berthing complex renovations, mast preservation, antenna overhaul, and shafts/rudders/propeller reconditioning. …
The projected scope of work is in excess of 80,000 man-days. The predicted manpower requirements are more than 500 people per day. (4)
Vigor Marine acted as the prime contractor, apparently a first for PHNSY & IMF. Following is the contract award announcement which puts the price of the maintenance at around $90M.
Vigor Marine LCC, Portland, Oregon, is awarded an $89,336,289 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) fiscal 2020 dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair of the USS Wayne E. Meyer. This is a Chief of Naval Operations scheduled DSRA. The purpose is to maintain, modernize and repair the USS Wayne E. Meyer. Vigor Marine LLC will provide the resources capable of completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernization for the USS Wayne E. Meyer. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $97,954,544. Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by November 2020. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $89,336,289 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This requirement was competitively solicited using full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-4464).(2)
Vigor Industrial, of which Vigor Marine is a subsidiary, is based in Portland, Oregon and builds tugs, ferries, and barges as well as performing ship maintenance and repair. According to Wikipedia, Vigor has seven facilities with ten drydocks, more than 17,000 feet of pier space, and over 2,000 employees.(3) The company traces back to Todd Pacific Shipyards and Kaiser Shipyard, among others.
Vigor announced in late 2017 that it had won a $1 billion contract to produce U.S. Army landing craft, the largest contract in its history. The company selected Vancouver, Washington as the production site for the vessels.(3)
We’ve often discussed the possibility and desirability of encouraging the growth of smaller shipyards to eventually handle larger naval construction and this might be an example of such a yard.
|USS Wayne E. Meyer Departing Dry Dock In Pearl Harbor|