The services our crews provide are skilled, essential, and crucial to operations inside the power industry. Occasionally, due to the nature of our work, crews are allowed to step away from routines they are used to, and apply their knowledge and skill to new situations and adventures. Recently, a team from Fossil North had the incredible opportunity to complete a job on the USNS Michael Monsoor, a DDG-1001 ship scheduled to be handed off to the United States Navy in the spring of 2018. Estimated to be worth $4 billion, the USNS Monsoor belongs to the Zumwalt class of stealth destroyer ships. The ship computer, called the Total Ship Computing Environment, integrates many of the ship’s systems such as radar, weapons and propulsion apparatus, and the system can be upgraded as technology advances. The propulsion is accomplished by 2 Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 Gas turbine plus 2 Rolls-Royce RR4500 gas turbine generator sets, and RR4500 ship service generator.
A key feature of the ship is an electrical system that powers the ship’s engines. The USNS Monsoor experienced an electrical issue that hampered the ship’s crew during builder’s trials. Our team traveled to Bath Iron Works, a Shipyard on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine to help resolve the issue, and was tasked with repairing and switching out harmonic filters on the ship. Though still under repair, the USNS Monsoor is still on schedule for a handoff to the Navy in March. The crew was led by Superintendent Henry Desroches, and Millwright Key Men Larry Della Penna and Robert Blundon. We would like to thank everyone involved in the execution of this job. This was a great opportunity and experience for the crew and our company, and we appreciate the results and execution this crew delivered.