USS Harry S. Truman Maintains Readiness While Sustaining Operations

Story Number: NNS101027-05Release Date: 10/27/2010 1:48:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received an overall grade of 92.8 during a Maintenance, Material and Management (3M) inspection conducted Sept. 5-9.

The inspection was conducted by the Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic 3MI inspection team and was designed to evaluate the ship's material readiness.

The team commended the crew's dedication of more than 20,000 work hours in preparation for the inspection and noted many improvements over the last 3MI assist visit.

"It was nice to see the hard work of the crew be recognized by the inspection team," said Chief Machinist's Mate (SW) David Mazza, Total Ship Information Management System (TSIMS) administrator and overhaul coordinator. "The 3MI grades several areas, and you must be successful in all of them to pass the inspection. The tremendous improvement ship-wide put us over the top."

The inspectors assessed how well each department maintains their equipment by doing Planned Maintenance System (PMS) spot checks and going into the software Organizational Maintenance Management System Next Generation (OMMS-NG) to see how well material problems were being documented, said Senior Chief Interior Communications Electrician (SW/AW) Ted Hillebrand, USS Harry S. Truman 3M coordinator.

During the inspection, the 16-member team conducted more than 250 spot checks in four days and gave very high remarks for Truman's teamwork and ability to coordinate across departments.

"Our 3M preparations are a continuous process, day-in and day-out," said Hillebrand. "Truman's Sailors invested a great amount of time and effort into maintaining our ship and preparing for the 3M inspection and for that we were recognized."

Preparing the Truman for a 3M inspection required coordination with all the departments and divisions within the ship.

"The most challenging aspect of readying Truman for a 3M inspection is trying to get everyone on the same sheet of music," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) (SW/AW) Brian Collins. "Going straight by the book and understanding all the rules and regulations that the inspectors will inspect us by is imperative."

A 3M inspection is conducted aboard Truman every 18 to 24 months to help ensure the carrier reaches the 50 years of commissioned service it was designed for. The inspectors carefully examined every department and division on board.

"The 3M inspection is a vital milestone and component in the Battle Efficiency (E) competition, but more importantly, it helps us gauge our ability to evaluate and train ourselves," said Mazza. "A common misconception is that 3MI is just another administrative program we try to get a perfect score in; 3M is really about maintaining the best possible equipment through high day-to-day standards. We have to make sure Truman's equipment works when we need it."

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