USS Mesa Verde Undergoes INSURV

By Shannon M. Smith
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
USS Mesa Verde (U.S. Navy photo)

the U.S. Navy's amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Friday morning following a brief underway as part of the ship's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Sailors aboard Mesa Verde have spent months preparing for the upcoming deployment and those preparations have included extensive and exhaustive checks, equipment testing and, of course, cleaning.

The ship's inspection falls after completing both Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercises (ARGMEUEX) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) earlier in 2013, as well as the ship's recent involvement in assisting with the recovery of the Navy MH-53E helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., Jan. 8.

Established 130 years ago, INSURV's primary purpose is to fulfill Title 10 responsibilities to examine the material readiness of U.S. Navy vessels and report the findings to the Secretary of the Navy.

Changes were implemented last year regarding the frequency and grading method of the INSURV program in order to improve the readiness of Navy ships and crews and to provide Navy and congressional leaders with an accurate reflection of that readiness.

"We shouldn't necessarily get ready for INSURV; INSURV is just one reflection of a ship's readiness," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, INSURV president. "So we are trying to schedule INSURVs in a way that the ships will take them in stride. The whole point of doing an INSURV inspection every six years and a mid-cycle assessment every three years is to encourage a steady strain of overall readiness, readiness for operational availability and readiness for deployment, instead of just readiness for INSURV."

Before the changes, INSURV teams conducted exhaustive inspections and surveys of ships every five years and reported their material readiness to Congress. Now ships are inspected about every 30 months to better integrate with other pre-deployment workups.

As part of Mesa Verde's Fleet Response Plan (FRP) cycle, soon to be transitioned to the new Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP) according to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Rear Adm. Bill Gortney announcement, Jan. 15, the material inspection timing aims to help streamline pre-deployment inspection requirements and increase readiness by putting all the members of a strike group on the same maintenance and deployment schedule.

"In the end, it's easier on the crew that we maintain a steady strain as we go along," Harley said. "I think the fleet has seen a change in culture that is driving us toward maintaining that steady strain under the great leadership of the different TYCOMs and fleet commanders and this makes us better as a force, and more ready to do our nation's bidding."

Along with changing the inspection timeline for ships, Harley said INSURV has also made changes for better risk management, including getting underway with daylight at times like 7 a.m. rather than previous departures of 4 a.m. and finishing exercises earlier in the night.

Even with that in mind, the inspections are labor intensive for the whole ship, said Gunner's Mate 1st Class (SW) Joseph Pluchta.

"It's been pretty challenging around here, especially with all the inspections, trying to keep up with everything, but we do what we can," Pluchta said.

Pluchta said because of the nature of what his department does, the checks fit well with the mindset his Sailors already have for adhering to high standards. With magazines and ammunition in their spaces, he said his department knows how important staying ready and preventative maintenance is to ship safety.

"What they're looking at is things that are pretty important," Pluchta said. "The ship's leaving on deployment soon, so it's pretty important that all these things are taken care of."

Commanding Officer Capt. Kenneth J. Reynard congratulated the crew on their professionalism throughout the checks and thanked them for "showing their Mesa Verde pride, showing off their equipment, showing the inspectors what the ship is all about."

Undergoing INSURV is part of Mesa Verde's final preparations for deployment as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

navy.mil
 


Ship Repair & Conversion

Royal IHC Upgrades TSHD Pump for Van Oord

Royal IHC informs it has completed the upgrade of the underwater pump and jet water system on trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) VOLVOX TERRANOVA for Van Oord.

Five Minutes with Paul Switzer

Five minutes with Paul Switzer - Manager, Shipbuilding & Offshore, Viega   For readers not familiar with Viega, please give a ‘birds eye’ view, putting the company

MN100: Metal Shark Boats

The Company: Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and

News

US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea

“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander,

US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced

Another Hurdle for The Ocean Alliance

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties.

Maritime Safety

The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping

Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved

Extreme Boat Lifts Installed in the Panama Canal

When the Republic of Panama needed lifts for a pair of its service boats, it turned to Golden Boat Lifts for the supply of two custom-designed 7,000 lb. capacity

Philippines: Sea Dispute Won't Shift Ties with China, U.S.

The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States,

Eye on the Navy

US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea

“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander,

Philippines: Sea Dispute Won't Shift Ties with China, U.S.

The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States,

This Day In Naval History: August 24

1814 - During the War of 1812, the British invade Md. and burn Washington, D.C. Commodore Thomas Tingey, superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard, burns the Navy

Vessels

Delaware River Ship Arrivals Continue Gains in 2016

Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay President Dennis Rochford has announced the tristate port vessel arrival statistics for the first six months of 2016.

Fednav Welcomes Innovative Ballast System at Indiana Port

Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, welcomed to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing

European Owners Lead in Buying Up Secondhand Tonnage

With European owners leading the pack in buying up vessels, the sale and purchase market appears to have been notably active in recent years, reveals Clarkson Research Services Limited.

Surveyors

Fugro, US Army Corps of Engineers Ink Mapping Deal

Fugro has been awarded a photogrammetric and LIDAR surveying and mapping contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Missouri. The agreement

Researchers to Visit ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ Wreckage

Researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners are set to visit what remains of two ships—a German U-boat and

RS Fosters Cooperation with Palmali

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Palmali Shipping Company have signed a set of five-year agreements based on which RS will render the whole range

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1263 sec (8 req/sec)