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USS Theodore Roosevelt Successfully Completes Inspection

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS140626-29
Release Date: 6/26/2014 8:02:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katie Lash

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- After a year of preparations, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) successfully completed a three-day Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) material inspection, June 26.

INSURV inspects the material readiness of Navy vessels and reports the findings to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) to ensure the Navy's ships are reliable, properly equipped and mission ready.

After the inspection, Capt. Daniel Grieco, Roosevelt's commanding officer, addressed the crew on the magnitude of their accomplishment.

'It's all about the journey, and it's been an incredible journey over the last year,' said Grieco. 'We've shown the fleet that the Rough Riders are back. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you.'

The inspection required Sailors to demonstrate numerous systems and included examinations of hundreds of work spaces along with an analysis of all lifesaving, damage control and safety equipment inventories.

'The crew as a whole really grasped the idea of one ship. Not just one piece of equipment, not just one department,' said Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Mann, assistant INSURV coordinator aboard Roosevelt. 'All the hard work and practice paid off during the presentation of our ship.'

During the ship's INSURV, more than 130 inspectors, both military and civilian, assessed numerous aspects of the Roosevelt with the crew's assistance.

'After we executed (our demonstration), it seemed like a piece of cake. We're proud of what we did.' said Damage Controlman 1st Class Daniel Hernandez. 'I couldn't ask for anything better from any of my guys and the other work forces.'

As TR concluded INSURV, Bryan Peters, the commander, Naval Air Force Pacific INSURV coordinator, responsible for all INSURV preparations for both Naval Air Forces Pacific and Atlantic, wrapped-up his career as well. TR's INSURV was his 45th and final inspection.

'It has been impressive to watch TR come together top to bottom and across the board. After 50 years of doing this, it's what keeps this fun,' said Peters. 'As the ship mounts the summit, you can take pride in setting the bar in a fashion that will be difficult to follow.'

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