28 July 2005
Camel fenders rubbing against a hull remove its paint. Exposed surfaces are
subject to corrosive action, especially at the waterline. For these reasons, it is
desirable to have camel fenders rub against hulls above the waterline where the
hull can be repainted if necessary.
Currently, NAVFAC Atlantic is performing a study to develop a universal
submarine camel intended to be suitable for all classes of submarines berthing at
any port in the world. Results from this study are expected to be available in
early FY05. In the meantime the following submarine camels designs are being
used throughout the Navy. Drawings/information on the camels described below
may be obtained from the NAVFAC Engineering Innovation and Criteria Office.
Submarine Mooring Camel (NAVFAC Dwg 1404664-1404666).
This tapered camel is framed from steel pipe with timber members on the front of
the camel to support the rubber fender elements. This camel is intended for use
with the SSN-688 class submarine.
Submarine Mooring Camel (NAVFAC Dwg 1404943-1404947).
This is a non-tapered version of the camel described above.
Attack Submarine Camel (NAVFAC Dwg 1404667-1404670).
This camel is intended to replace the tapered camel described above. This
camel is trapezoidal in shape and is framed from steel pipe. This camel is
intended for use with both the SSN-688 and SSN-21 class submarines.
Attack Submarine Camel (NAVFAC Dwg 10400031-10400034).
This camel reflects recent revisions made to the attack submarine camel
Trident Submarine Camels.
Specifically designed camels using guide piles along the specific wharves are
used for trident submarine homeports at both Kings Bay, Georgia and Bangor,
These fenders are serving as camels and are used at a number of submarine
ports throughout the Navy.