The US Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) has completed its availability programme on-time.

The vessel was delivered by Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC), which successfully completed the availability by working alongside Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Raytheon, Delphinus, and VT Milcom.

The partners conducted a range of ‘scheduled maintenance’ during the availability period.

SWRMC Execution Branch Head (BAE Shipyard) Thomas Grand said: “Everyone involved worked in concert to bring the availability together to get John P Murtha completed on time.

“Team camaraderie, open communication, and a supportive CO that projected a contagious optimism throughout the availability helped get the work done.”

LSD 52 underwent complete overhaul of the Kelly Crane, installation of the Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical / Navigation Critical Distribution System, and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services.

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SWRMC’s team also repaired the main propulsion diesel engines, ship service diesel generators, exhaust bellow and ballast tank.

More than 211 additional work items have been executed across various platforms throughout the transport ship.

SWRMC commanding officer captain David Hart said: “The team’s determination to complete John P Murtha’s availability was clearly reflected in their hard work, which resulted in a successful delivery.

“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.”

In September 2019, USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) completed its mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) pier side in Doha, Qatar.