USS Maryland completes engineered refueling overhaul

Norfolk Naval Shipyard completed the engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) on U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine has USS Maryland (SSBN 738) on February 24.

EROs are complex, major shipyard availabilities that extend a submarine’s service life.

In addition to being refueled, The U.S. Navy said that nearly all of the ship’s systems were overhauled or modernized. Modernization work included replacement of distilling plants with a reverse osmosis unit, installation of an upgraded 500 kilowatt motor generator, electric power plant work, and LAN upgrades.

Shipyard Commander Capt. Scott Brown said: “The Maryland project team held itself to high standards and had strong leadership with a focus on planning, communication and coordination. Every SSBN refit and maintenance period directly supports the next strategic deployment, which is the most pressing priority for the Department of Defense.”

Maryland is the 13th of 18 operational Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and was commissioned in 1992. The submarine is homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia.

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