YOKOSUKA, Japan – Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) recently completed a 12-month selected restricted availability on Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) four days early.
“Milius completed her sea trials and certification with great success,” said Capt. Neil Sexton, SRF-JRMC commanding officer. “The accomplishment of this project is a testament to the problem-solving attitude, hard work and teaming across all production shops and codes at SRF-JRMC. This availability began at the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic and we overcame incredible odds to complete the ship, not only early, but under budget while maintaining a safe working environment.”
The SRF-JRMC project team, production shops and ship's force executed over 79,000 man-days of repairs. Repairs were conducted at Fleet Activities Yokosuka and neighboring prefectures.
Associated safety restrictions and mitigations required the project team to overcome significant challenges, such as: maintaining schedule with 50% reduction in workforce for several months; supply chain delays; and travel restrictions.
SRF-JRMC’s mission is to keep the U.S. 7th Fleet operationally ready by using advanced industrial techniques to maintain, modernize and repair 21 forward-deployed naval forces ships homeported in Yokosuka and Sasebo. SRF-JRMC also services visiting naval ships and submarines operating in or transiting through the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility.