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Big E Sailors Gear Up for INSURV

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050512-13
Release Date: 5/12/2005 5:12:00 PM

By Journalist Seaman Apprentice Nicholas Kaylor, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (Big E) (CVN 65) are currently working day and night, preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) scheduled for Aug. 21-26.

INSURV will be the ship's final test before leaving the Northrop Grumman Newport News ship yard. During INSURV, inspectors will visit every compartment aboard to ensure the ship’s overall readiness for deployment.

Some of the things the inspectors will look at are damage control, habitability, safety and anything that may prevent the ship from getting underway. The habitability master checklist for the inspection includes everything from deck drains to secure furniture.

“We’re in the process of looking at everything INSURV inspectors might look at, pointing out all of the deficiencies and developing a plan of action and milestones,” said Command Master Chief (SW/SS) Robin Spelman, command habitability supervisor. “If we’re doing our job right, we should be ready at all times,” added Spelman.

Cryptologic Technician (Radio) 1st Class (SW/AW) Irian Woodley, INSURV administrator, is trying to get the word out about the inspections. He recently witnessed the INSURV inspection for USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). He conducts meetings with all of the ship’s damage control petty officers to see what needs to be fixed in preparation for the inspection.

“Everyone is responsible for INSURV, from the most junior Sailor to the commanding officer,” said Woodley. “Everything Big E Sailors do leads to INSURV. We need to keep up on our work to stay ready. Right now, we are looking for any discrepancies with everything we should be doing on a daily basis.”

Woodley said every Sailor should feel that they have done something necessary for the ship to get underway.

“INSURV, to the average Sailor, should bring pride. By passing INSURV, the Sailor should know that everything is in order to go to sea, and that it’s all because of them,” said Woodley.

“Big E’s got a great reputation, and this is our way to prove that we’re ready to do what we were built to do,” said Spelman.

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