Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2021

Vigor Shipyard to Modernize Cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71)

Cape St. George begins preparations for upcoming EDSRA

USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived at Vigor Seattle Feb 1 in preparation for its Extended Selected Restricted Docking Availability. The ship was towed from San Diego in October. (U.S. Navy photo)

USS Cape St. George (CG 71) arrived at Vigor Seattle Feb. 1 to begin preparations for an Extended Selected Restricted Docking Availability. With the machinery spaces upgraded during a previous availability in San Diego, the focus for this event will be to upgrade the combat systems. Cape St. George is the second ship at Vigor Seattle to go through the CG Modernization program.

The ship was towed from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest in October as part of a planned homeport shift. Originally scheduled to start in June of this year, the team developed an early start strategy to allow a seamless transition of the local modernization workforce as they finish key work sequences on USS Chosin (CG 65), also at Vigor Seattle undergoing an EDSRA for combat systems upgrade. Based on lessons learned from other ships in the CG Modernization program, targeted work on Cape St. George will begin early to reduce the schedule risk during the systems restoration phase of the EDSRA.

With the successful completion of the tow from Everett to Seattle this week, the project team is already working to establishing temporary services, tagging out of equipment, and starting work on 24 work items on the critical and controlling paths. This early start strategy stabilizes experienced workforce resulting in increased schedule reliability and help to identify any growth work early. The team continues to utilize Schedule Model Review processes during this early start strategy to refine the integrated production schedule and ensure all maintenance stakeholders are fully coordinated on our plans for this critical availability for our fleet.

Navy Article by Cmdr. Aaron Coudray, PSNS Detachment Everrett


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