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SWRMC Supports Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS190515-02
Release Date: 5/15/2019 9:12:00 AM

From SWRMC Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Sailors and civilians from Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) worked to support the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) as they prepared to depart for a regularly scheduled deployment on May 1.

"We are an empowered team that strives to provide the best support to the Fleet in San Diego, and to be an organization the Navy can depend on," said Capt. David Hart, SWRMC's commanding officer. "Practicing the ideas and concepts behind the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Campaign Plan to Expand the Advantage allows us to focus our actions to support our customers and the mission."

The ARG, comprised of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), departed Casualty Report (CASREP) free. A CASREP is used to notify the chain of command and readiness stakeholders of degradation to operational readiness of the ship. Deficiencies in an activity's material condition typically results in in a CASREP, which alerts support activities to the nature of the outside assistance required for correction.

The objective to deploy ships CASREP free is a charge that comes directly from Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Richard Brown.

To meet this charge from Vice Adm. Brown, the ARG focused their efforts on achieving a CASREP-free deployment in October 2018 with bi-monthly maintenance meetings. In this forum, all CASREPs and other maintenance requirements were discussed, and the path forward to make corrective actions was addressed.

"We set a schedule and held ARG CASREP meetings to focus more on doing a little work all the time to meet Vice Admiral Brown's philosophy," explained Gene Atienza, SWRMC's Waterfront Operations Project Manager for Harpers Ferry. "This meant repairing CASREP items in planned continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAVS) and in unplanned EMs (Emergent Avails) once the ARG ships completed their scheduled Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availabilities."

In addition to ARG CASREP meetings, Capt. Hart led deploying-ship briefs to discuss all maintenance topics, depot-level repairs, and CASREPS.

"All SWRMC departments, including quality control, contracts, engineering, production, and waterfront operations supported the Boxer ARG, making it possible for them to reach CASREP free status," said Thomas Parker, the assigned Type Commander (TYCOM) Port Engineer for Boxer. "SWRMC's Engineering Department immediately provided technical assistance whenever it was requested from the Maintenance Team."

This team effort included work performed on short notice by SWRMC's divers to support the Boxer ARG's deployment – including work supporting critical repairs.

SWRMC is meeting its mission to provide superior ship maintenance, modernization, technical support, and training for the Pacific Fleet.

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