Composite Camels Help Berth US Navy Aircraft Carriers

September 04 2017

Naval Station Mayport (Jacksonville, FL, US) has received its first set of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite “camels,” produced by Composite Advantage (CA, Dayton, OH, US). Mayport will use the camels to berth nuclear powered aircraft carriers (designated by the Navy as CVN).
Composite Advantage fabricated the CVN camels based on a design and technology it developed to meet the Naval Facilities Command’s (NAVFAC) requirements for berthing submarines. The composite product’s lower maintenance costs when compared to conventional steel camels have made it a robust option for use with vessels continuously exposed to brackish saltwater.

For Mayport, Composite Advantage fabricated five modules per camel, 17.2m by 3.4m, and shipped the structures on flatbed trailers to a nearby commercial shipyard.

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