Story and Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dugan Flynn

Stennis Sailors assigned to tiger teams are helping all departments in preparation for the Inspection and Survey (INSURV) coming at the end of the month.

The Tiger Teams go from compartment to compartment, checking and fixing any damage control (DC) and zone inspection discrepancy list (ZIDL) hits they can find.

“We have two main Tiger Teams,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Ray Klett. “One is the Habitability [Hab] team; the other is the Damage Control Petty Officer (DCPO) team. The DCPO team corrects all the DC markings, fire hoses, battle lanterns and anything to do with damage control, fire fighting and maintaining watertight integrity of the ship. The Hab Team goes down and corrects space discrepancies and ZIDL hits like light fixtures and cableways.”

“It has been a monumental task, but we’ve accomplished a lot,” said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (AW/SW) Brian Mueller. “We work on everything from deck drains to cable ways. Basically our job is to make the ship more habitable.”

Since its creation, both Tiger Teams have devoted nearly 260 man-hours daily while inspecting up to 20 different compartments.

“We’ve fixed thousands of ZIDL hits,” said Mueller.

Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Jim Head, the head supervisor of the DCPO Tiger team, said teams are using the INSURV compartment check off list (CCOL) to find and correct discrepancies in inspected spaces and are making great progress.

“They started at the bow and they are working their way aft,” said Head. “They are about midship now.”

Each team has 20 members and works with other Sailors, including electrician’s mates and damage controlmen, to accomplish the mission.

“Everybody owns a piece of INSURV,” said Head. “The Tiger teams are just another set of eyes looking at compartments. They might be catching a space the owners haven’t gotten to yet, or somebody missed it and they’re coming behind them and giving it a second look and giving it that one last check.”

The Tiger teams will continue helping to fix discrepancies to prepare the ship for INSURV, which runs from Feb. 27 to Mar. 4.