The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) reached the 50 percent completion marker ahead of schedule for the Chief of Naval Operation’s phased maintenance availability (PMA) at its home port of Naval Base San Diego Aug. 5.
Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center Rear Adm. William J. Galinis, a native of Delray Beach, Florida, recently toured Makin Island for a real-time update on the contractor’s progress and overall ship’s success and noted that “the ship has made very good progress.”
This PMA is the second time Makin Island has entered a maintenance period since its christening in 2006. The 847-foot Wasp-class ship, with a unique hybrid propulsion system, began its PMA on April 27 following a scheduled seven-month deployment.
The vessel is expected to complete the PMA in November of 2015 and will commence its training cycle in early 2016 in preparation for a scheduled deployment in late 2016.
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