HST Kicks Off Lean


Story Number: NNS040409-20Release Date: 4/9/2004 11:56:00 PM
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By Journalist Seaman Jennifer Carl, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) kicked off its Lean-Pathways/AIRspeed program March 10, in an effort to make the most of its assets and streamline production.

Lean is one several Department of the Navy (DoN) programs called continuous process improvement methodologies. The program is designed to minimize waste within the production process. It focuses on giving the customer what they need, when they need it, without defects and at the lowest possible cost. HST is implementing this program in an effort to improve maintenance and supply flow.

Lean is one of three methodologies DoN is looking at using to re-capitalize its $115 billion annual budget, according to Nick Kunesh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Logistics).

"The efficiency methodologies can help to improve readiness and increase velocity in the repair cycle," said Nick Kunesh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Logistics). "They can increase capabilities while cutting labor and material costs."

A Lean team spent 11 days aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) gathering and analyzing data concerning maintenance, supply and the repair cycle. The analysis resulted in a number of observations that will help in determining how Lean will be implemented on HST.

For HST, the implementation of Lean could mean rearranging some workstations and shops, according to Ralph Day, one of the team members who visited George Washington. Among the areas most profoundly affected by changes made through Lean are the Aviation Support Division (S-6) within the supply department and the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD).

A five-day Accelerated Improvement Workshop (AIW) began March 29 aboard HST. The purpose of this workshop is to evaluate the changes that need to be made and to train future Lean leaders from HST. Once a Sailor has earned Lean certification, he will be responsible for leading any future training workshops and encouraging sustainment of the program.

During the kick-off, Kunesh's presentation included quotes from President George W. Bush, the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations. All of these leaders are calling for transformation in the military.

By implementing Lean, HST is helping to make the transformations and improvements that will make the Navy more efficient.

"This is the right time and the right place to start this off," said Kunesh. "We're really looking forward to doing this on Truman."

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75.

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