Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Welcome to Dockside

It's time for another photo essay. Welcome to KISKA's 2010 Dockside Availability. The ship is in our homeport of Hilo, HI, which is awesome! I made kinda a stink about not wanting to go to Honolulu for it, and the maintenance folks put in a lot of effort to make it work in Hilo. Thanks, SFLC PBPL APM!
This is the ship at our regular moorings, in Radio Bay. The small boat is on the trailer so we can use it if we need to. And there's tons of work going on everywhere.
The contractors set up a work area for themselves on the pier. The tarp is a necessity in Hilo, given how much it rains. They've also got a shipping container for storage and more work space.
SN Aaron Pasoquen is PPPing (prepping, priming and painting) the small boat crane. We've got a bunch of work PPPing stuff on the exterior of the ship, which is complicated in Hilo by the regular rain. Make paint dust while the sun shines!
These guys are making paint dust too (and dutifully sucking it away so it doesn't get into the water). SN Ryan Andres is manning the paint float for SN Mike McKinstry (seated) and BM2 Neal Bueno, while they PPP the hull. We took a beating on the paint job while we were at the state pier at the beginning of March, and they're trying to recover from some of the damage. SN Andres and SN McKinstry are our newest law enforcement ninjas onboard, just back from the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy's (MLEA) Boarding Team Member (BTM) school.
Up to the foc'sle now. Jeez, what a mess! But all that stuff's got a working purpose, so it's there for the duration.
This is, well, what's left of the hatch from the foc'sle into forward berthing. We're getting a bunch of hatches and quick-acting water-tight doors (QAWTDs) renewed or replaced. The ones that are being replaced have to be cut out, and this is what that looks like.
Other work being done includes having our bridge windshield wipers replaced. YAY! Yippeee! Whoopeee! I've been cussing those things for a while, and at the end of the last patrol, the one right in front of my chair on the port side of the bridge just stopped working. The ninjaneers didn't have the right belt onboard to fix it, and we were getting them replaced in dockside, well, visibility wasn't so great from the port side of the bridge. Also in this photo, you can see where the portholes in the electronics space are being blanked out (the black plastic with a taped X just above the barrel of the gun).
The bridge didn't escape the work. The insulation from the overhead was removed for renewal. All the black plastic is taped up to protect "interferences," that is, anything that we don't want messed up while the contractors are working.
Moving inside, now. The QAWTD between the messdeck and CPO passageway (up forward) is also being renewed. I'm standing in the passageway, looking aft towards the messdeck. They had to remove the false bulkhead on the left that divides the passageway from Chief's stateroom.
And this is what the messdeck looks like right now. Yes, the messdeck. Ugh. The tables and benches are usually on the right, now piled on top of each other so the contractors can get into the forward sound locker to work on fixing the holes in the fuel tanks.
The top has been removed from the fuel tanks. Careful where you step! There's normally bulkheads enclosing this space. The one cool thing about major availabilities is that you really do get to see the framework, the bones of the ship. One more note in this space...just underneath the ladderwell in the left of the photo, the contractors took some UT shots designed to measure the thickness of the metal. Well, there's some bad metal just above the deckline that will have to be replaced. Bummer. Lots of interferences to be removed, and just a big pain in the butt in general. But that's what availabilities are for.On to the engine room now. The insulation blankets have been removed from the exhaust pipes. We found cracks that have to be repaired.
Two fine young engineers getting ready to do something that they need respirators for. FA Brian Callahan and FN Nolan Ryan.I like all the red danger tags hanging so cheerfully from the switchboard, kinda like Christmas ornaments.
MK3 Tony Collado is checking out what's going on in aft berthing. More fuel tanks are open back here to fix more holes.
Looking into aft steering, you can see a couple of contractors working diligently at needlegunning the bulkheads in the space, preparing the metal for PPPing, and checking for more weak spots.
These are the holes in the watertight bulkhead between the battery space and aft steering. Not so watertight right now.

But, with all the work going on, at least we're not dealing with this...
Gawd, what a disaster. This is a photo from 1996 (the ship was only 6 years old then!), and shows diesel fuel spraying from a hole the forward centerline fuel tank into the sewage tank. In the age-old tradition of pranksters, our temp PE sent this photo to his replacement right before he left Hilo, saying, have fun with this mess. Mean, so mean...but funny. Don't worry, Chris, this really isn't your hassle.


Liomoana said...

How did all this damage happen since September when you finished at dry dock? Did it just get missed there or was it not bad enough then or.........

I'm glad you could get it done in Hilo, even with all the drawbacks (the daily or more showers).

Just a Girl said...

Most all of the work scheduled during this dockside was stuff that was already scheduled to happen regardless of last summer's drydock. They needed to be worked on, but weren't emergent enough to be done right then. The things that were added were the repairs to the fuel tanks. And it's not really "damage" per se, really just "maintenance."

Azulao said...

This looks like the home renovation from hell.