US Navy completes PMA for USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship

10 January 2016 (Last Updated January 10th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy has completed the phased maintenance availability (PMA) for its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

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The US Navy has completed the phased maintenance availability (PMA) for its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

Under the PMA, which saved around $5m, the navy carried out preservation, refurbishment and replacement activities for the assault ship.

Additional activities include refurbishment of aviation support equipment, compartment preservation, decking, and upgrades to the ship's pilot house.

"The pilot house was transformed into a streamlined, spacious, and ergonomic control centre."

Makin Island PMA coordinator lieutenant-commander Andrew Woolley said: "The pilot house was transformed into a streamlined, spacious, and ergonomic control centre, and it was all done by ship's force.

"Every department contributed in turning the bridge into a true operational and reliable control centre."

Makin Island is now ready to undergo sea trials.

Following the holiday break, the ship will begin the basic training cycle to prepare for a scheduled deployment at the end of this year.

USS Makin Island is the US Navy ship's first ship to use a hybrid-electric propulsion system, designed to run on auxiliary propulsion motors at low speeds and on gas turbines at higher speeds.

The technology is expected to save more than $250m, proving the US Navy's commitment to energy awareness and conservation, over the course of the ship's lifecycle.


Image: USS Makin Island Makin Island completes phased maintenance availability in San Diego, US. Photo: courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robin W Peak.