John C. Stennis Reaches Halfway Point of Maintenance Availability

May 25, 2017 – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) reached the halfway point of its planned incremental availability (PIA), May 24. 

John C. Stennis officially started its PIA, Feb. 16, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility to undergo scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

“This is the largest six-month availability ever for a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The fact that we are on schedule and tracking to complete on time is a testament to the PSNS, Stennis, and contractor team,” said Capt. Greg Huffman, John C. Stennis’ commanding officer. 

PIA is a regularly scheduled part of a ship’s life cycle to overhaul systems, install upgrades and complete work difficult or impossible to do at sea or without shipyard experience. 

Sailors and PSNS personnel are working together on the various upgrades and repairs needed for the ship, including work on the engineering systems, aircraft catapult, crew berthing, tanks and voids, piping systems, insulation, decks and more. The total work planned for John C. Stennis by Sailors and shipyard personnel will amount to more than 2,100,000 man-hours of work. 

Teamwork has been essential to staying on top of the required workload and staying on schedule.

“This whole event is based on good team building that [John C. Stennis Sailors and PSNS personnel] have been developing over the last year, even before the availability started with the shipyard,” said Cmdr. Ken Holland, John C. Stennis’ chief engineer, from Denver. “Us working as a team each and every day has made a huge difference.”

While reaching the halfway point is a milestone for John C. Stennis Sailors and PSNS personnel, there is more work to do before PIA is over.

Each day brings new obstacles, but by communicating with one another, PSNS and John C. Stennis overcomes them.

“The critical thing is we know what needs to get done so that we can finish the availability,” said Holland. “Work together as a team and push [John C. Stennis] out of here and back to sea.”