USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned to its homeport at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk after completing carrier qualifications, reactor drills and its Mid Cycle Material Assessment (MCMA) during an 11-day underway.
“I was extremely impressed with how our Sailors performed this underway,” said Master Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Thomas Mickle. “We had quite a few challenges with the weather, and our Sailors pulled through in adversity and were able to accomplish our mission. It’s a huge accomplishment for both the ship and the Navy when you qualify Fleet Replacement Pilots and get them out to the fleet.”
Cmdr. Chris Swanson, Truman’s Air Department principal assistant, or “Mini Boss,” said the ship qualified 60 pilots from four different squadrons, completed 826 launches, and 773 recoveries, conducted 289 refueling evolutions, and received 750,000 gallons of fuel through replenishment-at-sea.
While planes were flying overhead, Truman’s Reactor Department was being assessed below decks by the Mobile Training Team (MTT) – an outside entity that tested the department’s ability to operate and protect the plant.
“We ran several watch-team drills to include sea-main ruptures and load center fires,” said Senior Chief Electronic Technician (Nuclear) Nicholas Hamilton. “I think our drill team operated extremely well and performed good training on the deck plates. The watch standers are definitely coming up to speed and are right where they should be at this phase of the training cycle.”
To wrap up the last two days of the underway, MCMA inspectors from the Navy Department Board of Inspection and Safety embarked Truman to assess the ships material condition. This mid-cycle inspection, conducted between INSURV material inspections, focuses on areas such as electrical, damage control, life-saving equipment, habitability and safety.
“It feels great to complete a major inspection like this, knowing it’s a final hurdle before we get ready for our next big test in [composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX)],” said Information Technician 2nd Class Jared Whitbeck. “Our maintenance officer had us preparing long before the inspection. Overall as a crew, I think we were confident and it was a great way to wrap up the underway.”