Field Activity: DYNAMIC (AFDL 6)
MARMC has a subordinate command (Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock DYNAMIC (AFDL 6)) that provides dry-docking services for PC, LCU, MCM, MHC, yard tug, Army LCM, and other small vessels ISO Homeland Security and Amphibious Readiness.
Lieutenant Commander Alden Argante, USN
Dynamic (AFDL 6) Commanding Officer, Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center DET
Lt. Cmdr. Argante was born in Manila, Philippines. His family subsequently migrated to Virginia Beach, Virginia. In June 1996 he enlisted in the Navy as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician Electrical (GSE). He graduated from Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois.
His enlisted duty assignments include USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Mason (DDG 87) and Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Norfolk, Virginia. Lt. Cmdr. Argante was advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 2004. In 2007 he was selected to the Limited Duty Officer Program under the Engineering Repair (6130) designator. He attended LDO/CWO indoctrination school in Newport, Rhode Island.
His commissioned assignments include Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51); Electrical Officer on USS Bataan (LHD 5); Chief Engineer aboard USS Sentry (MCM 3) forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain; Engineering Inspector at the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV); Engineering Assessor and Project Officer at Engineering Assessment Atlantic (EAA); and recently the Chief Engineer onboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). Ashore, he served as Assignment Officer for Surface Engineering Limited Duty and Chief Warrant Officers (PERS 414C) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six award) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six award). LCDR Argante holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from University of Maryland University College and an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Tidewater Community College.
Lt. Cmdr. assumed command of DYNAMIC (AFDL 6) in January 2022.
DYNAMIC (AFDL-6) was built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, Eureka, California.
- Keel Laid: 03 Sep 1943
- Launched: 22 Feb 1944
- Completed: 11 Mar 1944
Upon commissioning, DYNAMIC was assigned to Commander Destroyer Squadron EIGHT as USS AFDL-6 in San Diego, CA. In April 1962, DYNAMIC was deactivated, and in August 1962, reactivated for transfer to Little Creek, VA. On 5 September 1962, DYNAMIC was towed by USS CHICSAW (ATF-83) to the Panama Canal for further transfer to Little Creek by USS SHAKOR (ATF-162) on 23 September 1962. DYNAMIC arrived at Little Creek on 01 October 1962, and presently operates under Naval Surface Force Atlantic, Readiness Support Group, Norfolk, Virginia.
The dock was intended primarily for advanced base operations in areas which may be remotely separated from any permanently established shore-based installation.
In part it is self-sufficient in that it carries its own source of power, supplies and provisions as well as providing for ship repair services. Personnel, repair barges and other floating equipment are often permanently assigned to the dock and becomes an integral part of it as an operating unit.
DYNAMIC is suitable for docking vessels of the mine countermeasure (MCM) and (MHC), patrol craft (PC), yard tug (YTB) and other vessels of a similar size. Obviously, smaller vessels can be docked in this dock, sometimes in multiple docking arrangements.
Presently DYNAMIC operates as a shore dependent dock, providing regular and emergency docking availability, and sandblasting services for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic operating units and various support craft.