MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Setting the "sentry standard" is what the crew of the the mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry (MCM 3) did in their inspection by the Board of Inspection and Survey, Feb. 10, by scoring an installation figure of merit (IFOM) of .917, an unprecedented scores for minesweepers.
The crew began preparing for the inspection in June by identifying more than 200 discrepancies aboard the 25-year-old wooden vessel.
"It's an oldie, but a goodie," said Lt. Cmdr. Janice Pollard, executive officer aboard Sentry. "This crew has put a lot of work getting the ship to this point, and now we have to stay focused on continuing that standard."
The vigilance and dedication to resolving these discrepancies and getting the ship in the best possible readiness paid off.
"We showed the inspectors what we mean by the 'sentry standard,'" said Lt. Cmdr. Rion Martin, Sentry's commanding officer. "During the debrief, I was told by an inspector that he had never seen such a junior crew show this much motivation and professional knowledge."
The current crew of Sentry took responsibility for the ship from the previous rotational crews eight months ago. Although relatively new to the ship, they participated in an international mine countermeasures exercise with more than 40 nations. The ship found and classified seven exercise mines, more than any other participating nation.
"We are no stranger to raising the bar," said Martin. "This crew has accomplished so much in such a short time, and we will continue this momentum forward."
Sentry is an element of a Forward Deployed Naval Force in Manama, Bahrain, and currently operates in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.