Crew members man the bridge of the LOS ANGELES-class
fast attack submarine USS TOLEDO (SSN 769).
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau

Coatings discussed in this section are applicable to the sail exterior on submarines. Coating systems specified for the sail exterior include an anti-corrosive barrier coating under the SHT tile and a black polyurethane topcoat applied over the SHT tile.

Typical Coatings Used

Sail Exteriors with Special Hull Treatment (SHT) installed may be coated with the David Taylor Research Center paint system (DTRC 2844-1110 and 2844-1109) on the sail beneath and adjacent to SHT surfaces. A Navy Formula 187 coating, qualified to MIL-DTL-24631 is applied on top of the SHT surfaces. Sail Exteriors without SHT installed receive anticorrosive coatings qualified to MIL-PRF-23236 or Mil-PRF-24441. The final color of the sail at the conclusion of preservation work must be black.

Specific guidance on the application and repair of nonskid deck paint applied over SHT/MIP-SHT

SSN-688 Class – Technical Handbook for Special Hull Treatment Maintenance and Repair for Submarines: NAVSEA S6360-AD-HBK-010. For Fairing Compound, use NAVSEA Drawing 605-6160358.

SSN-21 Class – Submarine Mold-in-Place Special Hull Treatment a and Repair Manual: NAVSEA S6360-AN-MMA-010/SHT

SSN-774 Class – Maintenance and Repair Manual for Virginia Class Submarine Mold-in-Place Special Hull Treatment: NAVSEA S6360-AV-MMA-010

Surface Preparation

To ensure proper coating adhesion, special attention should be paid to surface preparation of this area. All surface preparation work must be accomplished in accordance with NSI 009-32 and Submarine Maintenance Standard (SMS) 6310-081-015 – Submarine Preservation.

Depot Repairs

For Depot repairs, refer to Submarine Maintenance Standard (SMS) 6310-081-015 – Submarine Preservation and NAVSEA Standard Item (NSI) 009-32. NSI 009-32 is the governing document for preservation requirements.

Submariner Repairs

Submariners are primarily responsible for maintaining the submarine’s sail coating system until repair activity maintenance is scheduled. Naval Ships’ Technical Manual: Chapter 631 (NSTM 631), Preservation of Ships in Service – General provides requirements, instructions, and guidance for surface preparation and coating application.

New Construction

New construction ships are painted in accordance with the ship build specification for that class of submarine.

SUBMEPP Point of Contact

SUBMEPP provides centralized life-cycle maintenance solutions and support for U.S. Navy submarines and submersibles. SUBMEPP is under the Submarine Directorate of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Brandon Wohl
(207) 438-6198.

NAVSEA Point of Contact

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 05) is the technical authority for in-service submarine preservation-related work.

Kevin Klucher
Naval Sea Systems Command, SEA 05
(202) 618-4167