The underwater hull area is subjected to the harsh corrosive environment of seawater and marine growth. Coatings extending from the keel to the boottop are coated with an anti-corrosive primer and topcoated with an anti-fouling coating system.
Surface Preparation Requirements
Product General Description
Approved Coatings and Applicable Coating Specifications
Coating Application Process
Preservation Processs Instructions
Key Application Requirements
Ship’s Force - Repair Requirements
Ship's force personnel do little underwater hull repair work. Normally, coatings are inspected by divers prior to maintenance availabilities, and if warranted, repair and replacement is conducted by repair activities. Naval Ships Technical Manuals are the primary source of information for ship's force personnel.
The applicable Chapter for underwater hull preservation is Naval Ships' Technical Manual (NSTM) Chapter 631, Revision 3, Preservation of Ships in Service - General.
Underwater hull cleaning is accomplished periodically to:
Specific instructions on underwater hull cleaning are given in NSTM Chapter 081, Waterborne Underwater Hull Cleaning of Navy Ships.
The Standard Specification for Ship Repair and Alteration Committee (SSRAC) is responsible for providing technically and contractually sound standards for the Navy's ship repair and alteration community.
New Construction Ships
New construction ships are painted in accordance with the applicable sections of the specific Ship Specification for that class of ship.
Vision Point Systems, Inc. maintains and operates the Naval Surface Treatment Center for the US Navy