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The US Navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) maintenance team has concluded repairs on the USS Princeton (CG 59).

The early repairs will support the operational readiness goals of the US Navy.

During Princeton’s recent deployment, the SWRMC Waterfront Operations were notified of an engine cooling fan failure restricting the operations of one of the main propulsion engines.

The repairs were scheduled to conclude within two weeks.

US Pacific Fleet Naval Surface Force Commander vice-admiral Richard Brown said: “Your superb coordination, synchronisation, and communication in a restricted Covid-19 maintenance environment enabled the repair to be completed days ahead of schedule and supported Princeton’s sail away.”

The maintenance team arrived on-site to commence repairs and efficiently replace the cooling fan.

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Coordinated efforts were made to continue the maintenance work, addressing the coronavirus (Covid-19) concerns.

The repair schedule was later reassessed and strategised by the SWRMC maintenance teams to accommodate the mission to meet the vessel’s commitments.

Supporting the operational needs, the team and Princeton’s crew concluded the repairs six days ahead of schedule.

SWRMC commanding officer Captain David Hart said: “I couldn’t be prouder of what this team has accomplished, with time restrictions and Covid-19 precautions, they were still able to complete ahead of schedule.

“Great job by the entire team, accomplishments like this are what make SWRMC an organisation the navy can depend on!”

In April this year, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton to take part in a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).

Designed to integrate units of a carrier strike group (CSG), COMPTUEX is an intensive exercise. In the training exercise, tests will be conducted on CSG’s ability to carry out sustained combat operations from the sea.