ARLINGTON, Va. - A Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) team received the 2011 Defense Standardization Program Achievement Award for developing a single coat paint system for Navy ships during a Pentagon ceremony, March 14.
NAVSEA's Engineering for Reduced Maintenance program (ERM) advanced tank coatings team developed and standardized highly durable, labor- and cost-saving paint systems for ballast tanks, fuel tanks and voids on all Navy ships.
"This is a great reward for years of persistent, hard work by the professionals on the advanced tank coatings team," said ERM Program Manager Vernon Parrish. "These high-solids, edge-retentive, rapid-cure paint systems can be applied in a single coat rather than the legacy three-coat system."
The advanced tank coatings extend the service life of the paint from five years to 20 years. Since March 2009, the Navy has realized a 30 percent reduction in submarine ballast tank coatings costs and achieved a fleet-wide cost avoidance of $1.4 million through the use of single-coat paints.
"The team developed a non-shrinking, high-build paint that could be applied in a single coat and would cure within eight hours," said Parrish. "These coating systems also apply to U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command vessels."
The Navy identified corrosion repair and preservation within tanks and voids as the service's highest cost maintenance driver, consuming an estimated $244 million per year. NAVSEA continuously improves its maintenance and modernization processes to deliver capability in a cost-effective way.
Members of the team included Vernon Parrish, ERM Program Manager; Mark Browder, NAVSEA cumbersome work practices program manager; Mark Ingle, NAVSEA corrosion control technical warrant holder; William Needham, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division corrosion control specialist; and James Martin, Naval Research Laboratory scientist.
The award recognizes military and Defense Department individuals and organizations who achieve significant improvements in interoperability, cost reduction, quality, reliability and readiness through standardization.
NAVSEA is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the Fleet by ensuring every ship is ready to respond to the Navy's missions. ERM is one of five programs managed the NAVSEA Fleet Readiness Engineering Office, located at NAVSEA Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard.