Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Murphy

In February, the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), a team of 150 to 200 people, will come aboard Stennis to conduct a 5-day inspection to assess the ship’s readiness and fitness for further service.

“INSURV is mandated by law and is an inspection to see if Stennis will make it to its expected 50-year life span,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Burnette, Stennis’ 3M Officer. “The inspection covers everything, and the whole ship will be involved in many different demonstrations.”

The INSURV team will inspect the ship’s ability to operate and maintain all its equipment. They will check the habitability of its spaces and ensure Stennis can carry out planned maintenance properly.

“During INSURV, Stennis must prove we can operate at a combat capable level, do it safely, effectively and survive on our own,” said Stennis’ Executive Officer Capt. Michael Wettlaufer.

Stennis will conduct demonstrations of all its damage control, deck and navigational equipment as well as its propulsion, electrical and auxiliary equipment.

Some of the demonstrations Stennis will perform include high speed rudder turns in the ocean, precision anchoring and an assessment of the ship’s self defense capabilities to detect and engage aircraft.

In order to prepare for INSURV, Burnette said it is important for Sailors to know how to operate the equipment in their work center, ensure they have all the proper tools and material to complete maintenance and Sailors should be able to identify what is wrong in their spaces and properly document discrepancies in the Current Ships Maintenance Project Report.

“Plan! Be involved and pay attention to what is going on around you,” said Wettlaufer. “Everybody needs to be on their game. We need to prove to Congress that we are combat ready and can fight the ship.”

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