Large-scale surplus Navy equipment from Brunswick air base being sold in online auction

A 1994 lubricating and fuel service truck is among the items up for auction.
A 1994 lubricating and fuel service truck is among the items up for auction.
Posted Aug. 08, 2012, at 10:26 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Surplus Navy equipment left behind when the Department of Defense closed Brunswick Naval Air Station is being auctioned off, with the proceeds to benefit the civilian redevelopment effort of the base.

The first phase of the online auction features fire trucks and heavy-duty equipment such as generators and power converters.

Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which is the organization that now governs activity at the former Navy airfield, said the equipment was transferred to his organization after no one in the Department of Defense claimed it. Levesque said most of the equipment could be of value to airports, municipalities and county governments in Maine, who have already been invited to bid on the items.

“We’re starting with some of the larger rolling stock,” said Levesque. “Once we get done with the rolling stock we’ll be auctioning off some furniture, filing cabinets, computers and things like that. Anyone can bid on these items.”

Available in the first round of bidding, which ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, are a Grove hydraulic man-lift and a pull-behind sweeper machine, neither of which had attracted a bid of more than $340 as of Wednesday morning.

Items in later rounds, which kick off on Thursday and end on Aug. 22, include an industrial air conditioning unit, trailer-mounted power transformers, a tire mounter and balancer, utility trailers, a Snap-On digital oscilloscope, heavy-duty generators, a fuel truck, a sewer removal truck, fire trucks, mowing equipment, Dodge utility truck beds and plowing equipment including two large snow-blower trucks. The items can be viewed at the website govliquidation.com by choosing “Maine” in the pull-down menu next to where it says “Search for Surplus by Location.”

Levesque said potential bidders can arrange to view the items for sale by calling the MRRA office at 798-6512.

Levesque said the MRRA opted to keep some of the former military equipment and has already purchased some airport maintenance and winter weather equipment with grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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