Trumanís Valve Team Saves Navy Money

Story Number: NNS061220-12Release Date: 12/20/2006 12:55:00 PM
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By Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Edwin Bryan, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Valve Repair Team saved thousands of dollars in repair costs with an effort to keep depot-level maintenance on a ship's force level during the carrier's Dry-docked-Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) Jan. 10 through Dec. 20 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Working on a nearby barge with four lathes, three sandblasters, two drill presses, a hydro-stand, three civilian contractors and seven Truman Sailors, the Valve Team finished a wide range of cost-saving maintenance work.

Each valve repaired by the ship's force team cost about $42; by comparison, a depot-level repair on the same valve is about $5,000.

"We are overhauling valves that weigh anywhere between five pounds to 250 pounds, .25 inch to 10 inches," said Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Clifford Locke of Engineering Department's Repair Division. Not all jobs were small; any valve that weighed more than 150 pounds required a crane lift to the barge and back.

"Almost any one of the valves brought over can be overhauled in just one hard working day," said Repair Division Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Shane Chapman.

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