USS Albany Repair, Upgrades & Engineering Overhaul History

 

April 7, 1990 – USS Albany SSN 753 Commissioned

Cmdr. Daryl R. Anderson, Commanding Officer

June 2, 1990 – SSN 753 entered the dry-dock at Newport News Shipbuilding for emergency repairs. Underway for sea trials from June 19-20.

September 28, 1991 – The Albany entered the Newport News Shipbuilding for an eleven-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 29-30, 1991.

November 8, 1991 – Cmdr. William F. Murphy relieved Cmdr. Daryl R. Anderson as CO of Albany.

February 11-22, 1993 –The Albany was in dry-dock at Newport News shipyard for emergency repairs. Underway for sea trials from Feb. 26-27, 1993.

July 21,1993 – USS Albany entered the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock USS Shipping port (ARDM 4) at NSB New London in Groton, CT. Returned to Norfolk on Aug. 9, 1993

May 14, 1994 – Cmdr. Kevin P. Ryan relieved Cmdr. William F. Murphy as CO of Albany.

May 31, 1994 – The Albany arrived at Newport News shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Aug 13-15, 1994

February 6, 1995 – SSN 753 entered the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock USS Oak Ridge (ARDM 1) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA, for emergent repairs to propulsion train and sonar system. Underway for POM workup from Feb. 19 – March 3, 1995

March 23-27, 1995 – In dry-dock at Newport News shipyard for emergent repair to sonar system from April 4-15; Underway for POMCERT from April 17-21.

January 1-24, 1997 – USS Albany was in Medium Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Resolute (AFDM 10) for emergent repairs

February 21, 1997 – Cmdr. Brian O’Neill relieved Cmdr. Kevin P. Ryan as CO of Albany.

December 2, 1997 – SSN 753 entered the floating dry-dock USS Resolute for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). February 27, 1998, departed for sea trials.

September 10, 1999 – Cmdr. Paul N. Jaenichen relieved Cmdr. Brian O’Neill as CO of Albany

November 19 – December 15, 1999 – In dry-dock at Norfolk

February 2000 – The sub was in floating dry-dock Resolute to repair a seawater system valve.

September 18, 2001– USS Albany entered the dry-dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA, for a 14-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). 

June 1, 2002 – Cmdr. Brett J. Genoble relieved Cmdr. Paul N. Jaenichen as CO of Albany.

July 3, 2002 – SSN 753 moved from dry-dock to a pier-side location at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Underway for sea trials from Nov. 18-24, 2002.

October 10, 2003 – USS Albany entered the Medium Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Resolute for a three-week upkeep. Returned home on Nov. 24, 2003.

April 1, 2005 – Cmdr. Mark H. Merrick relieved Cmdr. Brett J. Genoble as CO of Albany.

November 20, 2006 – USS Albany returned to homeport after a six-month deployment

June 14, 2007 – Thad E. Nisbett relieved Cmdr. Mark H. Merrick as CO of Albany

June 9, 2009 – SSN 753 undergoing a maintenance availability at Naval Station Norfolk to upgrade equipment and conduct necessary repairs.

October 15, 2009 – Cmdr. Thomas R. Buchanan, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Thad E. Nisbett as CO of Albany

March 16, 2011 – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract valued at $25 million for the preparation and completion of a dry-dock continuous maintenance of the Albany, that arrived at Newport News shipyard Tuesday morning. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

July 29, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING SUCCESSFULLY REDELIVERS USS ALBANY (SSN 753)

NEWPORT NEWS, VA, July 29, 2011, Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully redelivered the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Albany (SSN 753) to the U.S. Navy.

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully redelivered the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Albany (SSN 753) to the U.S. Navy. The redelivery took place today, one day earlier than originally planned, following successful sea trials.

The ship began its Docking Continuous Maintenance Availability March 15 at Newport News Shipbuilding. The work included upgrades to the submarine’s sonar, navigation, communication, combat and weapons systems and maintenance work on the propulsion, weapons, sonar, auxiliary and habitability systems.

“USS Albany is being redelivered to the Navy today ahead of schedule and on budget,” said Becky Stewart, vice president for submarine programs at Newport News Shipbuilding. “This maintenance availability was successfully accomplished because of the teamwork and talent of the craftsmen and craftswomen of Newport News Shipbuilding, our Navy partners, and the ship’s officers and crew. USS Albany is ready to go back to sea and perform her missions. We look forward to continuing to support the Navy in the maintenance and repair of submarines here and abroad.”

USS Albany was the 18th Los Angeles-class submarine built by Newport News Shipbuilding. The ship’s keel was laid April 22, 1985. The submarine was launched on June 13, 1987, and commissioned into service April 7, 1990.

December 14, 2011 – Cmdr. David S. Soldow relieved Cmdr. Thomas R. Buchanan, Jr., as CO of Albany

October 17, 2013 – SSN 753 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA for a 29-month Engineered Overhaul (EOH).

USS Albany arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for overhaul 17 October 2013

The USS Albany arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Wednesday ahead of its scheduled Engineered Overhaul.

USS Albany (SSN 753) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for its Engineered Overhaul (EOH) availability Oct. 16.

The work included involves a large modernization package and extensive maintenance to Albany, a 300,000-plus man days availability. The team will be having a complete package done including removing the shaft and the sonar dome for maintenance. In addition, Albany will receive the latest combat systems package currently being developed, a first for NNSY. A package similar to USS Newport News (SSN 750), the Albany team is utilizing the lessons learned in the work being done.

Another first for NNSY is that “USS Albany will be the first to incorporate full Job-Readiness Cells (JRC) and Zone Management from the start of the project,” said Tim Cox, Non-Nuclear assistant project superintendent (APS).

Incorporating the shipyard’s Mission, Vision and Values as well as the three Strategic Goals, the team has prepared diligently for the boat’s arrival. “All Zone Managers and APSs are fully qualified,” said Superintendent Dave Bittle. In addition, the team members have been well-involved in learning cells as well as managing training to be a fully qualified workforce. Their work areas and the drydock is clean and up-to-date, something the group takes very seriously.

 

 

February 20, 2014 – Cmdr. Robert W. Landis relieved Cmdr. David S. Soldow as CO of Albany

March 12, 2015 Norfolk Naval Shipyard Performs USS Albany Rudder Repair

NORFOLK, Virginia – Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Inside Machine Shop successfully performed its first rudder repair since 1991, on USS Albany (SSN 753), which is currently undergoing an Engineered Overhaul. (Photo by U.S. Navy)

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Inside Machine Shop successfully performed its first rudder repair since 1991, on USS Albany (SSN 753), which is currently undergoing an Engineered Overhaul. 

The job started in September 2014 when the rudder was transported to the shop for repair. It was completed last month and is currently in the process of being reinstalled on the Albany. The repair was performed using the shop’s Betts Machine, a vertical turret lathe that has been in the shop since 1928. 

The last time the Inside Machine Shop machined a rudder at NNSY was 1991 on the USS Wainwright (DLG 28).

“The same guys who were still here [from the Wainwright job], gave their input on the job and how to do it. They made sure we set it up right,” said Scott Craven, NNSY mechanical group supervisor. “It would have been a lot harder for us if the guys weren’t here to help us. The work itself is unique and it’s rare we have to use this type of machine. So, knowing we had that support made all the difference.”

Albany’s Engineered Overhaul, the largest maintenance event the boat will experience in its operational life-cycle, is comprised of a large modernization package and extensive refurbishments. 

“This demonstrates the shop is still capable of doing big, complex jobs like this,” said Mike Johnson, NNSY mechanical group supervisor. “It’s important how we work this job and these younger guys were able to get hands on experience doing this.”

NNSY, a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, is the oldest industrial facility belonging to the U.S. Navy, and specializes in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines.

April 26, 2016 – Cmdr. Roy L. Wilson Jr. relieved Cmdr. Robert W. Landis as CO of Albany

* April 25, 2017 Preparing for Undocked

This is ALBANY as her stern crossed the sill of the drydock, where the exchange of responsibility for ship safety, shifts from the Shipyard Commander to the boat’s Captain.

 

After leaving drydock, Albany moved to pier-side and will continue her updates, crew training and various sea trials. It is estimated that she will not be reassigned to the active fleet until the middle to late 2018.