Navy Supply Ship Undergoing Repairs in Guam

HAGATNA, Guam -- A U.S. Navy supply ship is undergoing a $4 million repair job in Guam.

The work to the USNS Amelia Earhart is expected to take a few weeks, Pacific Daily News reported. It will include regular structural and interior repairs, according to Cmdr. Joseph Casale, commanding officer of the Military Sealift Command on Guam.

The spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, said the Amelia Earhart and the USNS Walter S. Diehl were involved in a minor collision during an exchange of goods in the Gulf of Aden in November. No injuries were reported.

The Amelia Earhart can carry food, ammunition, fuel and other supplies. The vessel is deployed worldwide to replenish warships. Most recently, the ship was in the Arabian Gulf.

Casale said without the Guam facility, the closest U.S. military ship repair facility in the Western Pacific would be Hawaii. U.S. military ships must be repaired in U.S. shipyards, except for emergency cases.

Cabras Marine Corp., a private contractor, operates the Guam repair facility. The company was awarded the military ship repair contract on Guam in 2013. The five-year contract is renewable annually.

Cabras Marine employs 232 workers, and recently trained and added 70 apprentices. It could see its workforce grow to as many as 400, with more ship repair projects lined up for 2015, according to Casale.

According to the Navy, the company operates the only U.S. integrated maintenance ship repair facility in the Western Pacific.

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