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Outdoor VRF condensing units in the deck of the USS North Carolina

USA: The most highly decorated American battleship of World War II has recently received a makeover with the installation of Carrier VRF air conditioning.

With the popularity of “ductless” systems on the increase in the US, one of the nation’s most well-known historic battleships, USS North Carolina, recently received a refurbishment that included the installation of a Carrier variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling solution.

When commissioned in 1941, the USS North Carolina was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon. Armed with the most powerful systems of that age, the ship’s wartime complement consisted of 144 commissioned officers and 2,195 enlisted men, including about 100 marines.

During World War II, the ship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations and earned 15 battle stars.

Today, the ship is moored on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, welcoming around 300,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular attractions in the region.

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Glenn Davis, a heating and cooling technician with Jacksonville Heating Contractors, inspects a Carrier ductless air conditioner recently installed aboard the USS North Carolina

Keeping visitors comfortable

A team of technicians from Jacksonville Heating Contractors installed a 20-ton heat recovery system, which provides heating and cooling for the wardroom, the guest bathroom, employees offices and the catering room.

The system included seven cassette units and seven high-wall indoor units connected to two outdoor heat pump units mounted on the starboard side of the ship. The wardroom is where officers would dine on the ship and has been converted into a meeting space and museum area complete with many features from the original ship.

“This ship is a symbol of our region and is a destination for so many. It’s a great feeling to know that our work will help keep visitors comfortable aboard this floating museum,” commented Randy Ramsey, owner of Jacksonville Heating Contractors.