The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) recently approved a new non-skid coating for use onboard Navy ships. Applying traditional non-skid requires mixing, troweling, curing time and potential waste. The new “peel and stick” application offers a 66 percent cost savings and 50 percent weight savings over the old method.
The commander of the Naval Surface Force’s Financial Readiness Management group is working with the USS Cape St. George, Princeton and Cowpens to fund the installation of the peel-and-stick instead of traditional non-skid. In April 2008, 2,300 square feet of the new material was installed aboard the Lake Champlain, which has been on deployment since January.
Reports from the Lake Champlain have been good. The non-skid material has thus far withstood the heavy abuse of ammunition cans, tools, traffic and the sea without damaging its cohesive effectiveness. Any repairs have been done quickly and required only one person with minimal equipment.