The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) successfully completed the final phase of testing conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) at Naval Station Norfolk, September 24.
INSURV is a congressionally mandated inspection of U.S. Navy ships conducted every three years.
Over 150 inspectors embarked the ship from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24 to inspect more than 400 demonstrations and nearly 100,000 pieces of equipment. The command was assessed on the carrier’s cleanliness and preservation, as well as a thorough check of the ship’s material condition to ensure total mission readiness. The resulting score was deemed an Excellent and was recognized as one of the best aircraft carrier assessments in recent years.
“An aircraft carrier is the largest vessel in the Navy’s arsenal, and because of its size and the thousands of Sailors that work on her, departments typically focus on their own responsibilities to do their part to ensure mission readiness.” said Master Chief Electrician’s Mate Stephen Ludlam, Truman’s INSURV coordinator. “INSURV is a forcing function that breaks those departmental barriers down. It forced leaders on every level of the chain to reach out for help from technical experts who are in other departments. It forced better communication and instilled a sense of urgency in fixing material deficiencies.”
Truman held maintenance assist visits to prepare the command by helping deck plate leadership identify and correct every detail. Safety concerns, cleanliness and the ship’s habitability make up an integral part of the ship’s operational capabilities.
“Practicing inspections with the maintenance assist visits helped the command tremendously,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Engineering) 1st Class Shawn Whitford, Truman’s INSURV Central leading petty officer. “It feels good knowing our systems operate the way they’re supposed to leading up to our deployment.”
Truman has been preparing for the final inspection for over a year by modernizing and repairing equipment, refurbishing old hardware, training Sailors and deep cleaning all of the ship’s spaces.
“INSURV has been a significant part of our focus this year,” said Lt. Cristian Popa, Truman’s assistant INSURV coordinator. “We made sure to identify all the jobs, orders, and equipment needed in order for us to be successful. All that hard work paid off in the end.”
The conclusion of INSURV shows Truman maintains the Navy’s standard of material readiness and is now one step closer to being deployment ready.
“I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of this crew,” said Capt. Gavin Duff, Truman’s commanding officer. “INSURV helps us properly assess the material condition of our ship to ensure we deploy with a maximum level of operational readiness. Our sailors saw this goal as the true focus and met the challenge as they do every day. You guys stepped up and worked hard these past few months and executed it like the professionals you are.”