BAE Systems Ship Repair in Norfolk, Virginia has performed the first ever tandem drydocking of two U.S. Navy Aegis Guided Missile Destroyers. Both of the massive ships now rest back to back, out of the water, on one drydock.
During a 19-hour technical and engineering feat, about 160 BAE Systems employees guided the USS Mason (DDG 87) and the USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) onto the Titan Drydock. The Titan is the largest floating drydock on the East Coast, measuring 950 feet long and 160 feet wide, with a lift capacity of 52,000 tons. Each ship is more than 500 feet long and 65 feet wide, and each weighs approximately 9,200 tons. The two destroyers are scheduled to stay on the drydock until the end of April, where they will undergo a series of routine repairs and modifications for the Navy.
Tandem Drydocking Key Facts:
- On Saturday, January 28th 2012, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair successfully completed the first ever tandem drydocking of two Aegis Guided Missile Destroyers. These ships are now undergoing maintenance and modernization while berthed in Norfolk Ship Repair’s Titan drydock, the largest floating drydock on the east coast of the United States.
- The Titan drydock is 950 feet long, 160 feet wide and has a lift capacity of 52,000 long tons. It is the largest floating drydock on the east coast of the United States.
- The entire evolution took weeks of planning and nineteen hours to complete on the day of, beginning with the completion of final safety checks at 6:00 am and ending with the both ships being “high and dry” at 1:00 am on Sunday.
- Approximately 160 BAE Systems employees were directly involved in the 19 hour evolution.
- The U.S. Navy has 61 active Arleigh Burke class destroyers in service today.
- Both the USS MASON (DDG 87) and the USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) are Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Guided Missile Destroyers. Each displaces approximately 9,200 tons and has a crew of 300 plus.
- Each destroyer is 509 feet long, 66 feet wide, has a draft of 31 feet and is powered by four LM-2500 gas turbine jet engines which provide 100,000 shaft horsepower and speeds in excess of 30 knots.
- The USS MASON was commissioned April 12th, 2003.
- The USS BULKELEY was commissioned December 8th 2011.