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Nimitz Tops CNAF 3M Assessment

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Story Number: NNS100125-16
Release Date: 1/25/2010 2:52:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Joseph H. Moon, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors on board the deployed aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passed a critical maintenance and material management (3M) assessment Jan. 21.

Inspectors from Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) assessed Nimitz's implementation of the 3M program, which is used to ensure proper completion of scheduled maintenance to keep the ship operating properly and safely throughout her lifetime.

"It was an absolutely impressive effort," said Capt. Paul Monger, Nimitz commanding officer. "We're the first carrier to pass this assessment administered by the newly restructured 3M team. Our positive results are a testament to all of your hard work."

The ship's performance in general damage control equipment maintenance was nearly perfect.

"During the last visit the CNAF 3M team recommended we strengthen the training of our damage control petty officers," said Master Chief Electrician's Mate (SW/AW) Ralph Smith, Nimitz's 3M coordinator. "We turned that area around to an impressive outcome. Out of 52 spot checks, we failed only one, yielding a score of 98.7 percent."

Additionally, some of the methods developed by Nimitz Sailors to improve the ship's equipment validation program are going to be recommended for use on other carriers.

"Everyone had to contribute to make this assessment a success," said Lt. Cmdr. Frank Kremer, Nimitz 3M officer. "It was a lot of hours out of a lot of people's lives to get our program back where it needs to be, to ensure the ship is maintained, so that she meets her expected life."

Fifteen CNAF 3M team members, charged with inspecting all eleven U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, conducted the five-day assessment, grading 230 spot checks and inspecting 130 work centers.

Since entering the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility Sep. 18, 2009, aircraft from Nimitz have conducted more than 2,600 sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, providing 30 percent of the close air support to the coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, commanded by Rear Adm. John W. Miller, is comprised of Nimitz, embarked CVW 11, embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Ships assigned to DESRON 23 include the destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Sampson (DDG 102) and the frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46).

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