US Navy’s dock landing ship USS Rushmore to undergo repairs

8 March 2016 (Last Updated March 8th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy's Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) is set to begin the chief of naval operations' planned maintenance availability period (PMA) at BAE Systems shipyard in San Diego.

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The US Navy's Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) is set to begin the chief of naval operations' planned maintenance availability period (PMA) at BAE Systems shipyard in San Diego.

The PMA programme includes repairs to the engineering, weapons and shipboard systems.

As part of the 11-month project, the ship's common spaces will also be refurbished.

"We have to take ownership of the ship and make sure the work is being done in order to meet the deadline that the commanding officer has set."

Boatswain mate 1st class Leandris Frisone said: "During the availability period, we make sure our spaces are good to go.

"We have to take ownership of the ship and make sure the work is being done in order to meet the deadline that the commanding officer has set forth. Our focus in deck department is still ship preservation, but the job of the entire crew is making sure everything is done on time and in an efficient manner."

Rushmore, named after the Mount Rushmore National Monument, recently returned from Western Pacific deployment.

During the seven-month deployment, the ship provided aid and assistance to 65 people on sinking bamboo rafts in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

Equipped with elevators, package/roller conveyors and forklifts, pallet transporters, and a turntable, the vessel transports and launches loaded amphibious craft and vehicles with their crews.


Image: Hospitalman 2nd class Leonard Currie checks in with the officer of the deck as part of his watch-standing duties aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore. Photo: courtesy of mass communication specialist 2nd class Jason Baird/Released.