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Kearsarge Continues Winning Streak in Recent 3M Certification

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Story Number: NNS080709-33
Release Date: 7/9/2008 10:29:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jilleanne Buda, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

ABOARD USS KEARSARGE (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed their Maintenance and Material Management (3M) certification June 13.

With more than 30 certifications successfully completed, Kearsarge is steaming rapidly through its certification cycle. To date, the ship and crew have passed the Unit Level Training Assessment certification/Engineering (ULTRA-C and E), the Aviation certification, Force Protection Initial Assessment and several other certifications with flying colors.

The 3M inspection included 120 shipboard spot checks and an evaluation of 65 work centers by inspectors from Afloat Training Group, Atlantic. Chief Fire Controlman Shaun Dirksen, assistant 3M program coordinator, explained that recent training and weekly spot checks gave him confidence in the crew's ability to pass the certification.

"A vigorous spot check system is the cornerstone of an efficient 3M program," Dirksen said.

He and the ship's 3M program coordinator, Chief Machinery Repairman Keith Jones oversee 140 spot checks per week.

"It's more than most 3M programs do," Jones said, "but it keeps us in practice and keeps the program strong."

Spot checks are an evaluation of each work center's planned maintenance. The 3M coordinators and their assistants ensure that each work center supervisor has the training, tools and knowledge to complete necessary maintenance at the required intervals.

"Our 3M program directly relates to each work center's mission readiness," said Damage Controlman 1st Class Terrance Artis. "By passing these spot checks, we're showing that we know our equipment and we know how to keep it working efficiently."

Kearsarge passed the certification with high marks and certified for another two years.

"We couldn't have done so well without hard work and attention to detail from our work center supervisors and 3M assistants," said Jones. "Thanks to them, we can put this behind us and move on in our certification cycle."

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