Monitoring and Protecting National Landmarks: The USS Pampanito

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Time: 2 PM EST

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes


During World War II, the USS Pampanito completed six patrols, during which she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. The USS Pampanito is now a National Historic Landmark, preserved as a memorial and museum ship at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. As part of preservation efforts, the ship undergoes on-going maintenance as ships are the only museum artifacts that are regularly stored in a corrosive environment (saltwater).

Richard Pekelney, a member of San Francisco’s Maritime National Park Association, recently had a need for a product that could monitor and identify electrical issues on the USS Pampanito. Bender was delighted to assist by donating several Insulation Monitoring Devices from the ISOMETER® Series, which are specifically designed for marine and naval applications. The Bender iso685W-D-P was the perfect fit for the USS Pampanito as these devices can monitor, annunciate and locate insulation failure. The iso685W-D-P is intended for highly-corrosive environments and can withstand high levels of humidity, vibration, and other environmental conditions found on naval applications.

Learn more in our USS Pampanito blog and join us for a webinar for an inside look into this unique application.

Key Topics Covered:

  • USS Pampanito History
  • Bender Devices Used – iso685
  • Bender Devices Application on USS
  • Video Tour of USS Pampanito and Bender Devices
  • Q & A


Ajay D. Pathak, BSEE. is the Head of Industrial Sales for Bender Inc. Previously, He was responsible for the Atlantic and Northwest Regions of the Industrial Business Unit at Bender Inc. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010. Prior to employment with Bender Inc. He was a Sales Engineer at Littelfuse and a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.

There he served as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in coordinating Arc Flash Hazard Analysis (AFHA). He also was the Co. Author and Editor for FAA Order J.O. 3900.64 - Air Traffic Organization Electrical Safety Program, which provides federal workers in the FAA to follow guidelines and procedures to ensure safe working practices around energized equipment.

USS Pampanito Tour