Navy Completes Engineered Refueling Overhaul for Ohio-class SSBN USS
By Michael Brayshaw, NNSY Lead Public Affairs Specialist
Norfolk Naval Shipyard successfully completed USS Maryland’s (SSBN
738) engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) Feb. 24. EROs are complex,
major shipyard availabilities that extend a submarine’s service
life. In addition to being refueled, nearly all of ships 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.
NORFOLK, Virginia (Feb. 12, 2016) USS Maryland (SSBN 738) is readied
for return to the fleet following the completion of its engineered refueling
overhaul. Maryland is the 13th of 18 operational Ohio-class ballistic
missile submarines and is homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia.
team met several key milestones on this overhaul, including setting
a new best for the shipyard in safety performance on a SSBN availability;
achieving record performance in the period from completion of hot operations
to the start of its power range test program; and a record performance
on propulsion plant testing.
“The Maryland project team held itself to high standards and had
strong leadership with a focus on planning, communication and coordination,”
said Shipyard Commander, Capt. Scott Brown. “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.