Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) recently made a stop in Manama, Bahrain, for a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR).
According to the US Navy, the destroyer got underway on Oct. 31, after an eight-day port visit.
Jason Dunham, which has been deployed since June 2 out of Norfolk, Virginia, had spent 66 consecutive days underway before arriving in Manama for the ship’s MDVR.
“Being far away from homeport and at sea for a long period takes a toll on equipment that is continuously operating,” said Lt. Antonio Thompson, the ship’s maintenance officer. “Manama is a great stop for an MDVR because it offers many resources that you also find at homeport.”
Thompson said the Dunham was able to receive help from contractors for major repairs, technical assistance and conduct preservation maintenance that couldn’t be done while underway, and the hard work from Dunham’s sailors was vital to complete those necessary jobs.
“I am proud of the work that our sailors produce and accomplish on a daily basis, and this was just another time where that was evident,” said Thompson. “From the most senior sailor to the most junior, everyone was engaged and significant repairs were accomplished.”
Apart from working hours, sailors were able to explore the city and also given the opportunity to volunteer at Bahrain School in Manama.