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Battleship Iowa Enters Ingalis Yard
For Completion Of Reactivation
And Modernization Contract
Tugs nudge the battleship Iowa (BB 61) into place at Ingalis Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss, for com- pletion of her modernization and reactivation.
The battleship Iowa (BB 61) arrived at
Ingalis Shipbuilding division of Litton In- dustries in Pascagoula, Miss., recently for completion of her modernization and reac- tivation.
The 58,000-ton ship had been in New
Orleans, La., since September 1982, where
Avondale Shipyards Inc. performed dry- docking work and equipment removal under subcontract to Ingalis.
Ingalis recently received a finalized con- tract worth more than $177-million for com- pletion of the modernization and reactiva- tion. The contract includes $39.2-million previously awarded for planning and prep- aration, drydock and prefabrication work, and procurement of long-lead time material.
The ship is scheduled for redelivery to the
Navy in June 1984.
While at Ingalis, Iowa will be fitted with
Tomahawk cruise missiles, Harpoon anti- ship missiles, Phalanx Close In Weapons
Systems mounts for self-defense against aircraft and missiles, air and surface search radar systems; and helicopter launch and recovery facilities. The ship's nine 16-inch guns and 12 of 20 original 5-inch guns will remain.
While the Iowa contract will not increase employment at the shipyard, it will be an important factor in stabilizing current man- power levels. The work will employ some 1,500 people for about 18 months. "Returning Iowa to our Navy's Fleet will be a challenging opportunity for our em- ployees. The award of this contract reflects our company's reputation with the Navy for high quality work and schedule achieve- ment," Leonard Erb, president of Ingalis and senior vice president of Litton Indus- tries, said.
Ingalis will also overhaul the ship's eight boilers and four geared turbine engines of 53,000 hp, converting them from obsolete "black oil" fuel to the Navy's standard distillate fuel. Advanced electrical power and communications systems will be in- stalled, sleeping and dining areas will be renovated, and air-conditioning will be in- stalled aboard Iowa for the first time. (See MARITIME REPORTER/Engineer- ing News, April 15, 1982, November 1, 1982,
November 15, 1982, and January 15, 1983 issues).
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