Underway Replenishment Machinery Topic At Long Beach/LA ASNE

The Long Beach/Greater Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Naval Engineers held a recent regular meeting at the officers club of the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Capt. J.A. Gildea, USN, Section chairman, welcomed those present and recounted several of the more meaningful meetings held during the past year, and brought the members up to date with a status report on the vital statistics of the Section.

Captain Gildea then turned the meeting over to program chairman Carl E. Erickson, who introduced the topic for the evening and the two presenters: "New Overhaul Techniques for Unique Naval Deck Machinery," by Lon L. Denison, UNREP overhaul coordinator, Naval Weapon System Engineering Station, Port Hueneme, Calif.; and Arthur F.

Green, s u p e r v i s o r y production controller, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif.

The speakers d e s c r i b e d the uniqueness of Underway Replenishment (UNREP) machinery and pointed out that unlike conventional deck machinery that is a product line of various manufacturers, UNREP machinery is specifically designed for the particular application. Thus each procurement for new or converted ships over the past 20 years has resulted in different designs.

The developing of overhaul techniques for the 34 unique UNREP winch designs has presented a technical challenge requiring unusually close cooperation between the fleet, the winch component m a n u f a c t u r e r , the Navy's in-service engineers, and the Naval Winch Rework Facility.

The coordination of this activity requires intimate knowledge of not only the machinery and its environment, but also the functions and mission assigned to each.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 40,  Jul 1981

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