<ul><li>OTS was contracted to perform the structural surveys for the submarine U.S.S. CROAKER, destroyer U.S.S. THE SULLI-VANS & cruiser U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK at the Buffalo Naval Park in 1999. </li></ul><ul><li>Upon completion of the surveys, OTS was tasked with writing the Shipyard Repair Packages for the three vessels. Later in 2000, the Empire State Development Corp. commissioned OTS to supervise the repairs to the three vessels and assist the prime contractor in preparing the Buffalo River waterfront to accept a new berthing arrangement. OTS prepared the Tow Plans & Mooring Plans for the final berthing of these three ships. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Lombardi supervised the preparations for the tows and acted as Tug Master for the shifts of the ships into their new berth site in 2003. </li></ul>
Before & after photos showing extent of degradation at stem of submarine and subsequent restoration repairs
Rebuilding of maindeck cleat foundations and restoration of towing eye foundation at stern of submarine allowed the submarine to be towed to Lackawanna while the berth site was developed.
The submarine was ballasted aft to allow the bow to be exposed allowing repairs; this represents the first time such extensive repairs had been made to a sub in the water since World War II.
Joe Lombardi checking forward movement of submarine with spring line while docking submarine at Lackawanna, New York.
U.S.S. CROAKER towed to and moored at her temporary berth site in Lackwanna, 2000.
To allow the destroyer THE SULLIVANS to be properly berthed without a massive amount of rock removal in her new site the decision was made to remove the sonar dome, the pair of propellers and cut the bottom of the rudder below the baseline of the keel.
New mooring basin completed after rock blasting and installation of steel sheet pile bulkhead. New TRELLEX fendering is being installed for the submarine and destroyer on the inside berths.
THE SULLIVANS already towed to her inside berth with installation of mooring bitts being completed for one of the breasting structures to assist in the mooring of the cruiser U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK outboard.
U.S.S. CROAKER towed from Lackawanna into her new berth site forward of the U.S.S. THE SULLIVANS .
Cruiser U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK at her original berth in the Buffalo River.
Retrieving anchor & chain from port bow of LITTLE ROCK prior to move. Great Lakes tugs pulling earnestly at port bow of LITTLE ROCK.
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK being towed into her new berth outboard of U.S.S. CROAKER AND U.S.S. THE SULLIVANS.
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK in her new berth site. Crane barge setting out chain from bow to mooring platform.
Detail of inboard breasting structure for U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK.