USS Nassau Prepares for Ordnance Safety Review

Story Number: NNS070225-03Release Date: 2/25/2007 3:06:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- The magazines on board the USS Nassau have been a bustle of activity in recent weeks as Weapon's Department prepares for a Conventional Ordnance Safety Review part one (COSR 1) which begins Feb. 26.

The weeklong inspection will focus on the condition of the magazines as well as the Retail Ordnance Logistics and Management System (ROLMS), which tracks the movement of ordnance.

"They are looking at the magazine for proper stowage, material condition, and design," said Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Lawrence Henry. "We have to make sure everything is done in accordance with the manuals."

The group of inspectors from the Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity (NOSSA) is a team of active duty, reservists, and civilian personnel who manage the Navy explosives safety program. NOSSA provides the technical explosive safety oversight through inspections and support onboard ships. The inspectors will conduct a top to bottom inspection of the ships weapons handling procedures, stowage, and accountability.

"As part of our workup cycle we need to certify that our magazines are safe to stow ammunition," said Lt. Cmdr. Steven Burke. "If we don't pass, we are not certified to stow ammunition."

The first COSR inspection is done when the ship has a minimal amount of ordnance onboard, usually just after a yard period. The magazines are inspected top to bottom for cleanliness, safety, and how the ammunitions are stowed. Along with the physical condition of the spaces the inspectors are also looking at the accountability for the ammunition. ROLMS, a computer program used to track ordnance, is compared to what the ship actually has on hand to ensure there are no discrepancies. Personal from Weapon's Department must compare each tag that is attached to ordnance containers to what is listed in ROLMS to insure that each container is properly identified.

"I will make sure all the ordnance is identified properly and sign the tag," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Joshua Hill. "A wall to wall inventory will take about three and a half days to correct the discrepancies."

After the wall-to-wall inventory, everything will be rechecked with ROLMS to ensure a second accountability. This process will take place before the COSR 1 inspection begins.

With the weeks of preparation and pain staking detail taking place before the inspectors arrive, Weapons Department is on track to being certified to carry the ammunition for whatever needs Nassau may have.

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