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SHIPMAIN Concept applied on Pearl Harbor Shipyard's Lake Erie Project

NAVSEA News Wire

Release Date: 5/24/2004

By Yvonne "Ivy" Caires, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF, Contracts Department

PEARL HARBOR Hawaii -- The USS Lake Erie(CG 70) Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) was the first SRA accomplished at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard using the SHIPMAIN Maintenance Team concept.

SHIPMAIN, short for ship maintenance, is a Navywide initiative to streamline maintenance planning for surface ships. It gives the ship's captain and crew much greater say in the repair process and helps ensure the right equipment receives the right maintenance at the right time in the ship's operational schedule. The goal is to save the Navy time, labor, and money.

During this short nine-week availability, the team was faced with working through the growing pains of a changing maintenance culture and organizational realignment, as well as interpreting, molding, conforming to, and using the new SHIPMAIN Maintenance Team concept.

Coordinating the preservation of the mast and missile vertical launching system and the alterations by special-purpose teams were just a few of the accomplishments achieved on the SRA.

The maintenance team, comprised of a close-knit group of individuals, was successfully led and orchestrated by Lake Erie Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Anhalt.

The philosophy of Lake Erie's motto, "Don't Give Up the Ship," extends well beyond the steel and aluminum of the ship. It means to stand ready to lend a hand and help a shipmate out of troubled waters. The camaraderie displayed by the crew, which extended through the SHIPMAIN Maintenance Team, serves as a model for the Fleet.

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