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Friday, September 14, 2012

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The City of Norfolk, VA, has awarded a painting maintenance contract for the storied battleship-turned-museum USS Wisconsin to E. Caligari & Son Inc., a longtime industrial contractor based in Norfolk.

The one-year contract for as-needed services sets a regular hourly rate of $33.80 for the Shipboard Painter Foreman ($43.80 for overtime) and a regular hourly rate of $28.80 for Shipboard Journeyman Painters ($38.80 for overtime). The award does not include an estimate of the total hours of work expected.

 Painting crews go to work on the battleship’s chains in the 1940s.

Painting crews go to work on the battleship’s chains in the 1940s.

The contract is for one year, with options for four one-year extensions.

The project involves surface preparation and painting and sealing application as needed on the 887-foot ship, which was launched at the Philadelphia Naval Yard on Dec. 7, 1943.

Decades of Service

The current USS Wisconsin is the second ship to bear that name, succeeding the Wisconsin BB-9, which was commissioned in 1901 and became the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron from March 1904 to March 1905, according to a history at The BB-9 was decommissioned for good in 1920 and dismantled.

The present Wisconsin was part of the Pacific Fleet in World War II, serving in both Admiral Halsey’s 3rd Fleet at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, and Admiral Spruance’s 5th Fleet.

 In the 1980s, painting crews tackled the Wisconsin’s exterior.

In the 1980s, painting crews tackled the Wisconsin’s exterior.

By the time the Wisconsin anchored in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 5, 1945, she had earned five battle stars, including one for service during landing operations at Iwo Jima; “had been continuously at sea on the front line for periods of months at a time; and had steamed 105,831 miles since her commissioning,” reports

“She was credited with shooting down three enemy planes and assists on four others. She had refueled 150 destroyers at sea and had participated in every Pacific naval operation since she joined the fleet in December 1944.”

 A plaque honors the men and women of the Philadelphia Navy Yard who built the battleship.
A plaque honors the men and women of the Philadelphia Navy Yard who built the battleship.

For his services as commanding officer, Captain John W. Roper was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Korea and the Persian Gulf

The next year brought service throughout South America, followed in 1947 by assignment to the U.S. Naval Reserve, which took the ship on two-week training cruises from New Jersey to the Canal Zone and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She was decommissioned from 1948 to 1951, when she returned for service in Western Europe and her first Korean tour during and after that conflict.

 The museum ship was the backdrop Aug. 11 for Republican Mitt Romney’s announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.
The museum ship was the backdrop Aug. 11 for Republican Mitt Romney’s announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.

In 1958, the Wisconsin was decommissioned again—a period of inactivation that lasted 30 years. In 1988, she returned for service in the Caribbean and in Operation Desert Storm before being decommissioned for the final time in September 1991.

On Dec. 7, 2000, the USS Wisconsin arrived at her new home at the National Maritime Center-Nauticus, in Norfolk, VA.

About the Contractor

E. Caligari and Son has provided commercial and industrial painting services for more than 110 years. Based in Norfolk, VA, the company paints buildings, hotels, hospitals, retail environments, warehouses and other large structures throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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