USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) earned the highest grade ever given by a Maintenance and Material Management (3M) inspection team, April 11.
Reagan received an overall score of 98.76 percent on the comprehensive inspection, higher than any other aircraft carrier in the 3M program's history.
The Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) 3M inspection team conducted the inspection aboard Reagan April 7-11 while the ship was conducting operations in the Persian Gulf. Inspectors conducted more than 200 spot checks in every department aboard Reagan during the assessment.
"Reagan's program is very effective," said Capt. Sue Dunlap, CNAF 3M team head inspector. "We hope to share some of their innovations with the carrier force."
The ship's 3M system is a management tool designed for maintaining a schedule on when and how to perform both preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment.
Some of the types of maintenance included in the program are changing required fluids, replacing filters, lubricating moving parts and periodic safety inspections. More than 10,000 different items are covered under the program.
"I could not be more proud of this crew," said Capt. Terry B. Kraft, Reagan's commanding officer. "This was absolutely an all-hands evolution - they hit a home run."
"It couldn't have happened without the involvement of the individual Sailors who took the time to do the maintenance right," said Kraft. "Of the 225 spot checks, only three were not satisfactory."
According to Master Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Dennis Reydom, Reagan's 3M program coordinator, everyone worked hard to prepare for the inspection.
"We could not have done this alone. The entire chain of command was with us from the preparation through the final day of the assessment," he said. "We extend our gratitude to the work center supervisors and the maintenance personnel who performed very well on this assessment."
Reydom also said the inspection team was extremely impressed with the caliber of knowledge exhibited by Reagan Sailors during the assessment, along with the level of khaki involvement with the program in general.
Reagan is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of a routine rotation of U.S. maritime forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the region.
MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
Commissioned in 2003, Reagan is the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and departed San Diego Jan. 4 on her maiden deployment.
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