NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va (NNS) -- In the process of preparing for USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) in January, both Truman and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) have taken a positive step in integrating themselves for this maintenance period.
Harry S. Truman expects to enter Norfolk Naval Shipyard in January, following nearly two years of operations including a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
During Truman's most recent underway, 28 zone managers from NNSY sailed with Truman to see how the ship and her Sailors operate while underway. The goal was to see how efficiently the ship's working parts run and what needs the most attention during DPIA.
"Very few have seen a ship out to sea and how it operates, seeing what the customer needs," said NNSY Project Superintendent Glenn Edwards.
Shipboard zone managers also get to acquaint themselves with NNSY procedures to help them plan for the upcoming availability.
"It's nice to have them see the Sailors working," said Truman DPIA Coordinator Lt. Cmdr. Ed Bluestone. "They can see what we do and how what they do affects the operational impact."
Another huge step in integrating Truman and NNSY is pairing up NNSY zone managers with zone managers from the ship. The paired zone managers are working together to schedule and control all the work to be done.
According to Edwards, having the two join goes a long way in creating a positive work environment through well-established relationships.
"To get the ship ready for this, the zone managers walk through their spaces, get to know how the ship operates, and the ship managers get to know how the shipyard managers want to perform the maintenance," said Edwards.
"What we hope to get out of this 'lash-up' is an integrated team to come together as one project team. This creates alignment. Everyone is aligned towards the same goal," said Edwards.
Bluestone also said that Truman and NNSY are using the remaining weeks before the availability to get ahead on the process. It's called "Smart Start."
"We're doing work and testing now so we don't have to do it when we get to the yards," said Bluestone. "When January comes, we'll be all set."
During "Smart Start," Truman Sailors will see the telltale trailers arrive in the hangar bay and temporary services such as auxiliary power set up.
After starting smart, Truman will arrive in early January in Portsmouth, Va., and enter drydock the following day. "That will be a long day," said Bluestone, adding that the day the ship enters the drydock could be as long as a 12- to 14-hour day for Sailors before liberty.
Truman is expected then to remain in drydock until late August, when it will move to NNSY's Pier 4. There, the availability is scheduled to last until mid-November when Truman departs for sea trials. DPIA is scheduled to be completed around Thanksgiving 2006.
Bluestone said the dates that have been set are not 100 percent certain, but with enough effort, the availability could finish even earlier.
As part of taking critical steps in making Truman's yard period a success, Truman is also changing their attitude toward the DPIA. According to Bluestone, Truman is treating the DPIA not as a standard availability but as a maintenance deployment.
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