PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has saved more than $750,000 during its docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) period through Oct. 28 by using Harry S. Truman Sailors instead of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) workers to complete painting jobs throughout the ship.
Harry S. Truman's Deck Department assembled a 15-person team of Sailors to make sure the ship and her spaces look their absolute best for its return to sea.
Deck Department Paint Team Leading Petty Officer Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kimberly Ford said the average space usually takes two or three Sailors about half a work day to complete.
"With taping, prepping and all the other stuff to get ready to paint, we're looking at four to five hours, and that's for a smaller space," said Ford.
Harry S. Truman has 640 spaces that will receive fresh paint, and Ford said it will take the Deck Department about 15,360 man-hours, or about 1,875 man-days, to complete the work at a cost of $281,250. It would cost NNSY workers about $1.03 million to work the same amount of time, which means a total savings for Harry S. Truman of more than $750,000.
"Originally we were scheduled for 530 spaces, and we're now doing about 640, but it still looks like we're going to get done on schedule," Ford said. "It's just about pride in our ship, in the way it looks. We take pride in our ship, and this is the way we can show it to the rest of the ship."
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Derek Ostrowski, Harry S. Truman Paint Team member, said it's a great feeling to walk into a space he helped paint and have it look good.
"It's just about that feeling of pride, especially when someone else walks into a space and can see what a good job we did. It really makes us stand up and take pride in our ship," said Ostrowski.
Ostrowski also added how much dedication it took for the 15-person team to stay on-track and on time, despite being tasked with an additional 110 spaces to paint.
"We didn't talk about it or anything like that. We all just knew what had to be done, and we did it. We just kept working and trying to make sure we finished on time," Ostrowski said.
Although painting can make a space look better, it serves another important purpose, as well.
"It's not just painting for the purposes of aesthetics. It is about preserving the space where you're at. We need to make sure the space is clean and rust-free. We also need to make sure the correct type of paint is used in each space," Ford said. "It goes beyond how it looks. It's about making sure the ship is properly maintained."
Ford said it took a lot of hard work, before the ship even entered the yards, to make this evolution go as smoothly as it has.
"The proper planning before we came into the yard period, the looking ahead at what could come up, and more importantly what probably would come up, helped us to be able to stay on track," Ford said.
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