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USS Iwo Jima Blazes Through INSURV Inspection

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050216-08
Release Date: 2/17/2005 12:24:00 AM

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Mike Jones, USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs

ABAORD USS IWO JIMA (NNS) -- USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) sucessfully completed the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Feb. 11.

The board serves to conduct material inspections of all naval ships at least once every three years, for the purpose of determining and reporting upon a ship's fitness for further service and material conditions, which limit her capability to carry out assigned missions.

"This INSURV inspection was a demanding challenge for the crew of Iwo Jima," remarked Commanding Officer Capt. Richard S. Callas. "We tackled this challenge safely, smoothly and with a tremendous amount of energy. We did this the right way."

In the weeks leading up to the inspection, the ship came alive as the crew vigorously cleaned, repaired and prepared all spaces and systems for review.

Their hard work was obvious when the results were unveiled. Utilizing a color-coded grading scale, (red = below average, yellow = average, green = above average), the results covered just how extensive the INSURV process reached during the weeklong review. Almost all green for Iwo.

"(Typically) No one gets green across the board," Callas said. "The INSURV folks told me these were some of the highest marks they have ever given."

In areas where Wasp-class ships have usually scored mid-range (yellow), Iwo placed well above her LHD counterparts.

Combat systems, for example, rated an overall score of 91, and Damage Control Systems, averaging in the 40s fleetwide, scored a 61 aboard Iwo. Ballasting systems garnered some of the highest marks in the fleet.

"Our folks in Engineering also deserve special recognition," Callas stated. "Their performance during the underway demonstration really left an impression on the INSURV inspection team."

But it was the overall contribution of the crew on all levels, Callas emphasized, that contributed to Iwo's score.

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