USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left its homeport of Everett, Wash., Feb. 23 in preparation for a material assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
Lincoln is scheduled to begin the multiple-day evaluation in San Diego Feb. 28.
INSURV is a major inspection mandated by Congress to assess a ship's material condition, its ability to operate the weapons, radar, engineering and navigation systems, maintain its berthing spaces, and function safely. More than 150 inspectors will examine how well the crew performs preventative maintenance, and appraise the ship's overall space cleanliness and preservation.
The grading criteria is either "fit for sustained combat operations" or "not fit for sustained combat operations." Once the inspection is complete, INSURV will report directly to the secretary of the Navy and Congress if the ship is fit in terms of being able to conduct operations.
To prepare for the inspection, Lincoln's INSURV team was created more than a year ago. Lincoln also created an Elite Zone Inspection Team of the most talented and experienced senior chiefs, master chiefs, chief warrant officers and limited duty officers using the same concept as the Elite Spot Check Training Team, which upholds maintenance standards on the ship. The goal was to train the crew in its ability to critically self-assess.
Upon completion of INSURV the Lincoln will continue its training cycle to prepare for a 2010 deployment in support of the nation's maritime strategy.
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