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US Navy, USCG partner for SLEP

17th April 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US Navy is teaming up with the US Coast Guard (USCG) to execute a Service Life Extension Plan (SLEP) on the Yard Patrol (YP) 676 class training craft, Naval Sea Systems Command announced on 12 April.

The modernisation and maintenance work will allow the vessels to remain in service for another ten years.

Originally delivered to the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, from 1986-1988, the vessels are used to train midshipmen on seamanship, piloting, navigation, and engineering skills.

YP 688 is the first craft to arrive for modernisation and will be followed by up to four additional craft through early 2020. The work includes wooden hull repair and overhaul and modernisation of the propulsion and electric generating equipment.

The 108ft wooden-hulled YP craft is used by USNA to teach familiarisation with water craft, basic damage control and provide underway instruction of basic to advanced seamanship and navigation. The training is designed to help midshipmen develop the abilities of an officer-of-the-deck, such as a proficiency in navigation, and a working knowledge of afloat operations in a safe shipboard environment equipped with modern systems.

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