DVIDS – Information – USS Toledo (SSN 769) arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Engineered Overhaul


It takes approximately 437,000 working days to replace, repair, and overhaul components throughout the boat. This is NNSY’s third engineering overhaul and the first in several years after USS Newport News (SSN 750) and USS Albany (SSN 753).

In order to effectively prepare for the complex and extensive work, deputy project leader Chad Waldroup said the project team had led a number of initiatives prior to the boat’s arrival. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, the project team has come up with a plan for a smaller team to travel to the boat’s home port in Groton, Connecticut and do pre-arrival work so that we can get on with the main work faster after the boat arrives. “he said.” We worked with too [NNSY’s Process Improvement division] Code 100PI for a range of strategic planning meeting initiatives that enable us to be successful. These initiatives range from buying new eyebrows that improve the routing of services to reviewing existing requirements to see if they can be improved. We have also arranged a weekly cadence with the ship to make sure it is well prepared for the expectations and knowledge of the shipyard. ”

In a first for one of NNSY’s technical overhauls, the boat will be on the pier for an extended period of time before going into dry dock. The boat’s dry dock is currently undergoing maintenance to upgrade the caisson, flood wall and piping. NNSY’s submarine dry dock upgrades are part of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP), a 20-year, $ 21 billion program to completely renovate the country’s four public shipyards by upgrading equipment, improving operations, and Modernization of dry docks and facilities. “Given the schedule for the construction of Dry Dock 2, we decided to create a plan to complete as much work on the pier as possible
before docking, ”said Waldroup.

In order to increase the responsibility of the project team for a successful overhaul, the team management determined during the planning that the shipyard employees can carry out work that is normally outsourced both inside and outside the boat. “We’ve worked with the production codes and our sister shipyards to make sure we have a solid plan to be successful with all of these tasks,” said Waldroup.

He added that the team’s motto was “Holy Toledo. . . Setting new standards from star to torpedo ”to reflect the drive for NNSYs so far best performance in a technical overhaul.

The shipyard’s commander, Captain Dianna Wolfson, said: “The American shipyard welcomes the USS Toledo and is doing an excellent job on the project team because it has already taken several important initiatives to achieve successful availability. We look forward to the great achievements of Toledo when our team works with our contractors and Ship’s Force. One mission, one team! ”

Recording date: 01/21/2021
Release Date: 01/29/2021 8:01 AM
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