USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) successfully completed its Maintenance Material Management (3M) Assessment Jan. 30.
A 16-member team from Commander, Naval Air Forces embarked Truman for the five-day assessment while the ship conducted operations in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
3M is a system for managing all shipboard maintenance, preventative and corrective. During an assessment, the ship is evaluated on how well it uses the program to plan and track maintenance, as well as how maintenance personnel conduct maintenance.
"3M is a tool to ensure the ship lasts for 50 years," said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kurz, Truman's 3M officer.
Whether it's deeply involved engineering maintenance or just changing urinal cakes, maintenance personnel spare no expense for proper procedure and attention to detail when conducting their planned maintenance system (PMS) checks.
During the assessment, Truman's knowledge and preparation was put to the test.
According to Master Chief Electronics Technician (SW) Glenn Adams, Truman's 3M chief, the assessment was an overall success due to the efforts and expertise of the junior Sailors aboard who performed a total of 287 PMS spot checks in just less than three days.
"3M is everybody's job," said Adams. "The entire crew was inspected, which meant everyone got involved, everyone got to play."
Adams said that while Truman had some areas to improve upon from the September 3M assist visit, to prepare for the real thing, departmental 3M assistants conducted weekly training and self-assessments.
Sailors were given a refresher course on preventative and corrective maintenance. Adams compared preventative maintenance to an oil change every 3,000 miles to prevent excess wear and tear on vital parts, and corrective maintenance to replacing a broken part.
Kurz added that the advent of the SKED 3.1 program on the local area network enables work center supervisors to electronically manage their 3M paperwork, which speeds up the process tremendously.
While the overall success of the assessment was due in part to reorganization and training at the departmental level, Adams stressed that the ship's success really hinged on the knowledge of each maintenance person, and that they were the real stars of the show.
"One critical point of passing was the seamen, airmen and firemen's spot checks, and their ability to perform the maintenance step by step," said Kurz.
"It's not us. It's the crew realizing the importance of self-assessment," said Adams.
In his eyes, the crew's final grades showed Sailors' renewed value for making sure they get the job done right on their own rather than waiting for a supervisor to correct them.
"It's the junior guys' inspection," said Adams. "We couldn't accomplish the 3M mission without them."
Adams said that the majority of the assessment's strong points were attributed to petty officers 2nd Class and below actually conducting spot checks.
In addition, Sailors have been more attentive to discrepancies than in the past. Kurz said that there have been more feedback reports submitted to work center supervisors - somewhere upwards of 630 - in the past six months alone than in the entire previous life of the ship.
In the aftermath of the successful assessment, Kurz and Adams agreed that the 3M mission doesn't take any days off now that the next evaluation is another two years away.
"It's much easier to maintain a good 3M program than to have to build one up," said Kurz.
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