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Detyens gets $13M defense contract

Staff Report
Published Nov. 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $13 million contract to North Charleston-based Detyens Shipyard Inc. to perform the regular overhaul and dry-docking of a Military Sealift Command ship.

The contract calls for work on the USNS Zeus, a 513-foot-long craft used to install and repair undersea cable systems. The work is to be completed by March 30.

Detyens will perform alteration work on the main propulsion motors and forward and stern thrusters; tank preservation; freeboard preservation; various pump overhauls; sea valves; and cleaning and painting the underwater hull.

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to $16.4 million.

The Zeus, which went into service in March 1984, was originally built for the U.S. Navy and is the only one of its class in operation.

The ship is capable of laying 1,000 miles of cable at depths of up to 9,000 feet. It most recently laid underwater fiber-optic cable from the U.S. Naval station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to south Florida.

The Zeus is assigned to Military Sealift Command's Atlantic Special Mission Force.

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