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NAVSEA Shipyard Completes USS Chung-Hoon Availability Early

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Story Number: NNS091229-09
Release Date: 12/29/2009 3:33:00 PM

From Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

WASHINGTON - (NNS) -- Workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) completed USS Chung-Hoon's (DDG 93) fiscal 2009 Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) Dec. 11, five days earlier than scheduled.

The success of the repair is attributed to "efficient teamwork between the ship's crew, the shipyard and the contractor," according to Shipyard Industry Management Department Head Capt. William "Rick" Tate.

Tate added that the integrated team of the shipyard's Fleet Maintenance Activity-Surface (FMR), Alteration Installation Teams (AIT) and contractors pushed to finish Chung-Hoon in support of the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) visit planned for February. INSURV are routine inspections conducted every three to five years to determine if ships are fit for further service to the fleet, and also provide valuable insight toward future fleet improvements.

SRA work conducted on Chung-Hoon included deck resurfacing and repairs; updating of the Vertical Launch System (VLS); corrosion inspections; stack preservation and antennae repairs.

Chung-Hoon went to sea trials a week ahead of schedule, and after a successful performance without discrepancies, the ship returned to the fleet restored and "fit to fight."

"Any time we, the maintenance providers, can give back operational time to the ship to train is always a win for everyone," said Capt. Lawrence Hill, deputy commander of the shipyard. "Ninety percent of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard efforts are devoted to submarines, but we do play an important role in performing maintenance on the 11 homeported surface ships."

PHNSY & IMF, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and strategically located in the Pacific Ocean, is a full-service naval shipyard and regional maintenance center for the Navy's surface ships and submarines. PHNSY & IMF is the largest industrial employer in the State of Hawaii, with a combined civilian and military workforce of nearly 4,800 and an operating budget of more than $644 million.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

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