Duqm Naval Dockyard (DND) has completed the repair, overhaul and dry docking of the USNS Choctaw County Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport (EFT) vessel in No2 Dry dock, Oman.

The company performed work under a contract with the US Military Sealift Command (MSC). For DND, it represents completion of the first drydocking project.

The dockyard hopes to build on the successful execution of the project and secure future work packages with the US Navy.

DND was formed in June 2017 as a joint venture (JV) between Babcock International and the Oman Dry Dock Company (ODC).

The overhaul and repair involved complex work on hull systems, internal systems and the ship’s stern ramp.

In addition, the dockyard performed work to enable the swift loading and disembarkation of vehicles, stores and personnel in challenging conditions.

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The USNS Choctaw County serves the US MSC, ensuring rapid transport of troops and military equipment in the Middle East theatre of operations.

Babcock Oman managing director Al Stangroom said: “With an ‘on cost, on time’ contract delivery, our team at Duqm has the proven expertise and capability to successfully deliver complex warship and auxiliary contracts, including dry docking of specialist vessels like USNS Choctaw County.

“We have already undertaken successful contracts with US and Royal Navy warships, confirming that DND is well positioned, both in geographical and in technical support terms.”

With a displacement of 2,400t, the 338ft-long ship can cruise at a speed of 35k.

“With a displacement of 2,400t, the 338ft-long ship can cruise at a speed of 35k.”

Other EFT vessels in MSC’s fleet include Spearhead, Millinocket, Fall River, Trenton, Brunswick, Carson City, Yuma, City Of Bismarck, and Burlington.

ODC CEO Said Hamood Said Al Maawali said: “Our experienced commercial repair team has worked hand in glove as partners since June 2017, and I welcome the additional warship repair capability that is now represented by the increasingly mature JV.

“The successful completion of this contract is a major step forward, demonstrating Duqm is a competitive and fully capable dockyard for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of customer’s warships.”