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Surface Team One Discusses Top Priorities

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110516-15

By Susan Lawson, Navy Regional Maintenance Center Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- More than 30 members of the Navy's Surface Team One (ST1) executive steering committee (ESC) gathered during a two-day meeting in San Diego April 28-29, to discuss their top priorities.

The ST1 co-chairs led the ESC in discussions ranging from assist team maintenance initiatives to budget planning and execution requirements.

"Collectively, our organizations are the primary driver to improve cost, manage schedules, and ensure quality performance by focusing on key planning and execution processes within the Navy's surface ship maintenance and modernization community," said Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) Capt. David Gale, ST1 co-chair.

Gale's ST1 counterpart, Bilyana Anderson, the Executive Director of Surface Warfare for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA-SEA 21B), also serves as co-chair.

"Your efforts to support, document, and institutionalize ST1's initiatives are imperative," said Anderson. "I'd like to ask for each of you to share in our sense of passion and urgency, and acknowledge there should be an agreement among us about the best ways we can support each other in sustaining our surface fleet."

ST1's ESC is comprised of the fleet maintenance officers for both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, the Deputy Commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Center (NRMC); Chief Readiness Officer from Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT); the Director of Fleet Maintenance for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N43); and the Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 21).

Additional ESC representatives from the Regional Maintenance Center Management Office (NAVSEA04); the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate (NAVSEA05); OPNAV's Fleet Readiness Division Contractor Support Services (N431); representatives from SEA21, Naval Surface Warfare Centers (NSWCs) Philadelphia and Port Hueneme; PEO Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I); Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS); the Surface Combatants Program Office (PMS 400F); the Mine, Amphibious, Auxiliary and Command (MAAC) Ships Program Office within SEA 21; Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program(SURFMEPP); and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Command, as well as key stakeholders representing industry partners.

ESC leadership works in conjunction with their core team members to establish surface ship maintenance and modernization priorities. They accomplish this by coordinating multiple cross-organizational initiatives to maximize efficiencies and cost-benefits across the domain, while avoiding redundant efforts.

Among ST1's key focus areas are surface ship maintenance availability planning and execution, and surface ship readiness and sustainment. Fiscal year 2011 (FY11) priorities for the team also include funding and balance procurement initiatives.

ST1 is also working to increase the level of rigor in work certification procedures, and place a heavier emphasis on total ship readiness assessments (TSRA) in FY11; TSRA will be piloted, and later implemented, at each of the RMCs.

The TSRA program is a four-phased assessment process for ships that is scheduled by the type commanders (TYCOMS) and executed by the RMCs. These assessments cover a variety of shipboard systems and equipment, and are conducted to support work package development for major maintenance availabilities.

Phase one consists of a pre-availability baseline of material conditions; phase two consists of integrated testing and work certification that runs concurrently with a chief of naval operations (CNO) availability; phase three is a pre-deployment assessment; and phase four is preparing a ship for major events, such as a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

"Through our TSRA pilots; our implementation of the surface ship readiness imitative (SSRI); the development of our workforce development program; our knowledge sharing networks (KSNs) and our communities of practice (CoP), we can develop a common understanding of maintenance requirements across the waterfronts," said Gale.

According to Gale, the Navy's Carrier and Sub Teams One are powerful constructs that have offered the surface ship community an opportunity to leverage best practices from their playbooks, and he emphasized his intent to apply and build upon those tenets to meet ST1's mission of achieving surface ship wholeness.

"Our regional maintenance centers (RMCs) throughout the fleet are responsible for implementing and executing progressive maintenance and modernization initiatives; we [ST1] are fortunate that we have been able draw upon the impressive successes that have evolved from our predecessors, Carrier and Sub Teams One," said Gale.

"We hope to apply those principles in significant and executable ways, because within the surface Navy, we see ST1 as the conduit through which we can effect meaningful change and fully realize our ideal state by returning ships that are fully capable to the fleet," said Gale.

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