The past week has been busy for the Sailors of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), as they made necessary main engine repairs.
Engineman 1st Class Christine Carvo, the main propulsion leading petty officer, said:
We had some indications that there might be a problem with one of our two main engines.
Although nothing might be wrong, our job is to check it out regardless of how big or small the problem might be.
This is a process which required accountability, strict instruction-following, and numerous safety precautions to ensure the engine stays sanitized and the crew remains safe. The Sailors also have to watch out for heat stress near engines because the temperatures can reach well over 200 degrees Fahrenheit due to sealed ventilation ducts.
Anchorage is currently on a regularly-scheduled deployment with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which consists of Anchorage, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Anchorage, with the embarked 15th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
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