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Fort McHenry Teamwork Replaces Radar

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051012-23
Release Date: 10/12/2005 10:16:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class David J. Ham, USS Fort McHenry Public Affairs

ABOARD USS FORT MCHENRY (NNS) -- USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) Sailors saved Sasebo Ship Repair Facility (SRF) approximately $20,000 during repairs on the ship’s radar system Sept. 20.

The motor on Fort McHenry’s AN/SPS-67 Surface Search Radar burned out due to high winds from a recent typhoon while the ship was transiting back to Sasebo.

Fort McHenry’s combat systems officer, Lt. j.g. John Mateikat, said that on the transit back to Sasebo high winds made the radar work much harder than usual and burned the motor.

“After being inspected by the port engineer, it was determined that the antenna itself was in pretty bad shape, so it made sense to replace the entire assembly,” said Mateikat.

Fort McHenry’s entire electronics technician (ET) work center worked 30 hours replacing the radar. Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SW) Shaun Dennis and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Terry Kuo worked on Fort McHenry’s mast high above the deck to remove the damaged piece of equipment, replacing it with a new radar.

Dennis described the job as a unique experience because it involved combined efforts from the entire ET community.

“We really have never replaced an entire antenna system. Since the base’s combat systems contractors were on such a short notice about this job, we were given the opportunity to do it ourselves.”

“The surface search radar is Fort Mac’s most reliable radar,” said Dennis. “It was amazing to have it go down for once.

"We are a close knit shop," he addded, "and all of us played a crucial role in making this job a success. It wouldn’t have been possible without everybody involved.”

Fort McHenry is a dock landing ship forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as part of the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group.

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