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17 June 2016: In July 2106 Naval Coating, Inc. will, in partnership with BAE Systems San Diego, the South West Regional Maintenance Center and its fellow subcontractors, begin work aboard USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60). This contract will set the new standard for how maintenance availabilities are executed for naval vessels. The objective of this new maintenance concept is to control escalating repair costs in an increasingly austere defense budgetary environment while at the same time providing increased opportunity for small businesses to participate in ship repair work. NCI was a natural choice for this work – as a leading small business on the San Diego waterfront with a proven track record of superior performance and economic stewardsmanship of scares defense dollars, NCI is able to bring careful management as well as aggressive preservation work and innovative new methods to bear. NCI eagerly anticipates getting to work in DDG-60 and returning this "Greyhound of the Fleet" to operational service!
16 June 2016: The gleaming hull of CG-71 is receiving her final rinse before returning to the warm waters of the Pacific. NCI technicians finished applying the final coats of paint to the ship's hull and superstructure and re-stenciled the proud name "CAPE ST GEORGE" on the stern this week as CG-71 begins preparing for undocking next week. The entire hull, most of the superstructure, exhaust stacks, masts, and countless tanks and voids were all completely cleaned, blasted, preserved and expertly painted. The ship was made ready for sea ahead of schedule and with zero discrepancies noted. USS Cape St. George is ready for sea again... thanks to the NCI team!
15 June 2016: USS Higgins is now getting the full NCI treatment – her engineering spaces are being completely overhauled and preserved by NCI's strike force of corrosion control experts! After the completion of the ship's tanks, voids and bilges, NCI's preservation force will shift fire to preserving the ship's topside superstructure and hull. DDG-76 will be able to sail again... once NCI has made her fit to fight!
14 June 2016: NCI is not only expert in keeping the "CRUDES" force in shape; the amphibious ships or "Gators" of the Navy are also on NCI's agenda! USS Rushmore (LSD-47) commenced a maintenance availability and NCI is at the forefront again. The ship's well deck, engineering spaces, ballast tanks, and topside structure were all in dire need of preservation following continuous months of arduous at sea operations delivering US Marines and vitally needed supplies to hot spots around the globe. After the NCI treatment, Rushmore will again be ready to answer all bells and enable America's "911 Force" to answer the call!
13 June 2016: NCI is now a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)! Our new CEO, Alan Lerchbacker, is a retired Navy Commander and Master Diver. A 1974 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Alan’s career is one of courage and commitment. An instrumental element in the recovery efforts following the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, he spent a extensive part of his career in ship repair, honing the skills which enable him to expertly lead NCI in our painting and preservation efforts. With Alan ant the Helm, the NCI team is ready now to take on the challenges of maintaining the Pacific Fleet!