US Navy submarine tender set for overhaul dry docking

USS Frank Cable (AS 40) prepares to dock at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor in November 2016 following a five-month deployment. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Vigor Marine a $24.4 million contract for a 120-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USS Frank Cable (AS 40).

Work that the will be done on the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender will include tank inspections, main reduction gear repairs, engine room bulkhead/structural repairs, freeboard preservation and sewage tank preservation.

The ship’s 30- and 5-ton cranes will also be repaired in adition to air conditioning plant repairs, high and low pressure turbine inspections, underwater hull preservation and propulsion shafting removal and inspection.

USS Frank Cable will be docked in Portland, Oregon, and work is expected to be completed by Aug. 4, 2017. The contract also has options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $28.3 million.

The Guam-based USS Frank Cable (AS 40) was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, WA. The ship was christened on January 14, 1978 and commissioned on October 20, 1979.

Frank Cable, together with USS Emory S. Land tends the nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class attack submarines in Guam.

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