NNSY Repairs USS Albany’s Rudder

Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) Inside Machine Shop successfully performed its first rudder repair since 1991, on the Los Angeles-class submarine 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).

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.

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.

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