HRMC Docks USS William P. Lawrence For Maintenance Availability
HRMC Docks USS William P. Lawrence For Maintenance Availability

Hawaii Regional Maintenance Center Docks USS William P. Lawrence for Maintenance Availability

Hawaii Regional Maintenance Center (HRMC) docked Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) March 9, completing one of the first major milestones in the ship’s docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). This will be the second time HRMC has partnered with Vigor Marine, LLC to complete a surface ship DSRA at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF). DSRAs are routine maintenance availabilities planned in advance allowing the ship to receive necessary repairs, maintenance and modernization to ensure it operates at full technical capacity and mission capability for its entire designed service life. The ship will also receive a major combat systems installation to provide critical upgrades to its communication capabilities. In all, the planned work is expected to require more than 50,000 man-days to complete.

This DSRA marks the first time PHNSY & IMF docked a berthing and messing barge alongside a ship in Dry Dock 4. The barge provides working and living spaces for the ship’s crew when services such as berthing, climate control, food service, and water supply are not available on board during the availability. Due to scheduled repairs on the pier adjoining the dry dock, the barge could not be moored in its usual berth. Seeking an innovative solution, the shipyard docking team and HRMC determined docking the barge would allow the crew to have quick access to the ship throughout the availability. The expected cost of William P. Lawrence’s DSRA is approximately $90 million, accounting for a part of the estimated $250 million in surface ship maintenance contracting executed throughout fiscal years 2020 and 2021 by PHNSY & IMF. With a combined civilian and military workforce of approximately 6,500 along with 700 contractors, the shipyard has an annual economic impact of $1 billion.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P Lawrence (DDG 110) docks in Dry Dock #4 on March 9, completing one of the first major milestones in the ship’s docking selected restricted availability. (Photo by Ashleigh Whitney /Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility)

PHNSY & IMF is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in the state of Hawaii. It is the most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, strategically located in the heart of the Pacific, being about a week’s steaming time closer to potential regional contingencies in the Indo-Pacific.Navy Yard Pearl Harbor was officially established on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu by the U.S. Navy on May 13, 1908 as a mid-Pacific coaling and repair station. Military facilities on the islands of Hawaii have proven to be vital for the defense of the United States and its interests. Hawaii‘s strategic location is a vital waypoint and defensive outpost between the U.S. mainland and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. She is the 60th ship in her class. The ship is named for Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence (1930–2005), a naval aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, Mercury astronaut finalist, Vietnam War prisoner of war, a U.S. Third Fleet commander, a Chief of Naval Personnel, and a Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. Her keel was laid down on 16 September 2008, at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. William P. Lawrence was launched on 15 December 2009, and she was christened on 17 April 2010, sponsored by Vice Admiral Lawrence’s widow, Diane Lawrence, and his daughters, Dr. Laurie Lawrence and Captain Wendy Lawrence (USN Ret, and former shuttle astronaut). The ship was commissioned at the Port of Mobile, Alabama on 4 June 2011.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P Lawrence (DDG 110) is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Ashleigh Whitney /Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility)