New York Shipyard Receives Second Navy Drydocking Contract

The USS Nitro (AE-23) recently entered the facility of New York Shipyard Corporation, Brooklyn, N.Y., for an overhaul. The ammunition ship had served in the Persian Gulf Desert Storm Operation and delivered ammunition to the battleship USS Wisconsin three days before the start of military action.

Homeported in the Port of New York at the ammunition base at Earle, N.J., the USS Nitro will undergo hull blasting and coating, tank coating, and shafting, propeller and sea valve overhaul. Extensive repairs to boilers, engines, compressors, and auxiliary equipment will take approximately three months to complete. The Navy contract award for the work is worth $8.1 million.

As the ammunition ship entered the yard, the USS Clifton Sprague (FFG-15) was completing her drydock repair availability. The $5.2 million contract on the USS Sprague included major hull modification replacement of the sonar dome, hull, and tank prevservation, overhaul and replacement of CP propeller hub and propeller system. Additional repairs included navigation and weapon system, gallery notification and auxiliary machinery.

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