USS Pearl Harbor returns to home port after completion of availability

11 June 2019 (Last Updated June 11th, 2019 11:23)

The US Navy’s Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) has returned to Naval Base San Diego after the completion of its availability.

USS Pearl Harbor returns to home port after completion of availability
SWRMC Code 200 and Code 300 personnel, along with contractors from BAE, return from sea trials on USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). Credit: Sean Mooney.

The US Navy’s Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) has returned to Naval Base San Diego after the completion of its availability.

The navy’s Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) completed USS Pearl Harbor’s availability on 31 May.

LSD 52 underwent sea trials performed by SWRMC Code 200 and Code 300 personnel, along with contractors from BAE.

In February last year, the US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a contract to BAE Systems to perform maintenance, modernisation, and repair of the USS Pearl Harbor.

The availability period involved a range of scheduled overhauls throughout the ship. SWRMC engineers also focused on growth or new work items related to safety and requirements for getting underway.

SWRMC commanding officer captain David Hart said: “SWRMC works to find cost-effective and innovative solutions during availabilities to support on-time delivery of ships.

“By staying focused on the goal, SWRMC’s maintenance teams are able to accomplish the required work to return the ships to the fleet, ready to support the navy’s mission.”

During the availability, the team conducted overhauls on all four of the vessel’s ship service diesel generators (SSDG), as well as repair work to all four of its main engines.

The maintenance also included structurally repairing and painting more than 30 of LSD 52’s tanks.

In addition, the teams performed foodservice modifications and non-skid work on several areas of the shop, including the flight deck, vehicle stowage area, truck tunnel, and turnaround area.

“SWRMC’s maintenance teams are able to accomplish the required work to return the ships to the fleet.”

SWRMC Pearl Harbor project manager Steve Harrington said: “One of the key elements that resulted in successful completion of this availability was a great level of communication between maintenance teams, contractors, subcontractors, and ships’ force.”

Last year, USS Pearl Harbor completed a seven-month deployment through the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, and the South China Sea.

The vessel is part of the US Third Fleet’s America Amphibious Ready Group.