BHR Repair Division Innovating New Way to Bring Fresh Water to Tsunami Victims

Story Number: NNS050105-09Release Date: 1/5/2005 3:05:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Ryan Valverde, USS Bonhomme Richard Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD, At sea (NNS) -- USS Bonhomme Richard's (BHR) (LHD 6) Repair Division began manufacturing more than 20 fresh water distribution manifolds Jan. 2 to help dispense fresh water to tsunami victims in South Asia.

The manifolds will be used in conjunction with large water bladders that can hold vast quantities of fresh water.

"With the fresh water problems they are having in the region, the CO (Commanding Officer) asked us to come up with a method of distributing fresh water," said Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class (SW) Jason Curry, hull maintenance technician shop leading petty officer, from Freemont, Iowa. "These people lost everything, and this will bring them a source of fresh water to cook with, drink and clean their belongings."

Repair division Sailors have been working around the clock to produce the in-house-designed manifolds.

"We used deep sink faucets and other parts that we were going to return as surplus," said Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class (SW) William Phinney, repair division leading petty officer from Chicago.

"This was an all hands evolution. Everyone had a part in designing or building these manifolds."

The repair division designed the manifolds to have five dual-head deep sink spouts welded to a two-foot copper nickel pipe.

"We all put our brains together and produced a product," said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class (SW) Michael Nyland, a Trevor City, Mich., native, who helped make the manifolds.

His co-worker, Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Branden Stone, from Bullhead City, Ariz., echoed, "We basically made something out of nothing, but helping these people was the main goal."

Bonhomme Richard is currently operating off the Indonesian island of Sumatra providing humanitarian aid to tsunami victims.

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