USS Cole Returns to Fleet

The Aegis guided missile destroyer USS Cole returned to the U.S. Navy Fleet following a 14-month restoration project at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems. The ship departed Pascagoula on April 19 to return to her homeport in Norfolk, Va.

Following the terrorist attack in Aden, Yemen, Cole was transported to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems on the heavy lift ship Blue Marlin, and arrived in Pascagoula Dec. 13, 2000, after a six-week journey.

The repair and restoration process began shortly thereafter, and included returning the ship to her construction area for structural and system restoration, combat system upgrades, replenishment of ship storerooms and supplies, crew training and post-delivery testing.

The ship was originally built in Pascagoula by the company's Ingalls Operations, and was delivered to the Navy in 1996.

The company has delivered a total of 16 Aegis guided missile destroyers to the Navy, with nine more ships under contract.

Headquartered in Pascagoula, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems includes facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and New Orleans, La.

USS COLE Restoration Details •550 tons of steel removed and replaced •Shafts, blades, hubs, air tubes and valve rods refurbished and reinstalled •Starboard main reduction gear replaced (80 tons) •1A and IB main engine and modules replaced (27 tons each) •New universal engine controllers installed •Stern flap installed (increase speed and fuel efficiency) •Four air conditioning plants CFC upgrades completed •Replaced three gas turbine generators •350,163 feet of electrical cable replaced

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 4,  May 2002 Mississippi

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