Truman arrived at NNSY in July 2020 coming off a seven-month deployment. For the first time at NNSY, two carriers shared a single pier, with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) neighboring Truman for several months. Bush undocked in August for the final phase of its planned 28-month Drydocking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) before returning to the Fleet.
“This was a challenging availability, but the Norfolk Naval Shipyard workforce, Ship’s Force and our contracting partners persevered throughout to accomplish all needed maintenance to deliver Truman back to the Fleet,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Dianna Wolfson. “As part of our drive to ‘Get Real, Get Better’ in our work as challenged by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William Lescher, we will take the lessons learned from Truman and apply them to our future availabilities.”
With ensuring combat-ready power through the on-time delivery of ships, submarines and systems to the Fleet as Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) number one goal, NNSY is at the forefront of a number of aircraft carrier and submarine maintenance initiatives. To improve the on-time delivery of submarines and aircraft carriers out of maintenance availabilities, NNSY, and the other three public shipyards, are executing the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards (NSS-SY) program that combines industry and government best practices. NSS-SY is pushing to provide the production workforce all the tools and resources needed to support nonstop execution of work, while simultaneously removing any barriers in availability execution.
Additionally, NNSY has launched its Strategic Framework, prioritizing areas such as infrastructure, people development, and process improvement and innovation to improve timely delivery of ships back to the Fleet.
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