American Electric of Jacksonville, Inc. was contracted to replace the FSF6 switch at Naval Station Mayport. This switch gives power to the runway, lighting up the landing strip and half of the harbor supplying battle ships and aircraft carriers. We had a specifically timed deadline as there was no electricity delivered to these crucial areas, temporarily limiting training drills and daily military activities, during the completion of this job.
As the power was disconnected, the generators started up. The old switch was removed off the pad using a Towmotor forklift disconnecting the high voltage cables. The new switch was then installed on the pad and high voltage cables were connected. Using a phase stick, we set the order of the power switch’s phases controlling an automation process of electrical distribution. The switch was activated and the job was completed within the military guidelines with the runway and harbor back to normal procedures.
With no room for error, a timed deadline on base requires electricians with experience and know how to finish the project with precision for not only the safety of those on the Navy Base, but for our county. American Electric supports our military and is helping to keep our military strong.