Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed a Maintenance and Material Management Assessment (3MA) Nov. 20.

The purpose of 3MA was to determine how well the ship has been managing preventive and corrective maintenance and to correct discrepancies prior to 3M Inspection (3MI).

Visiting inspectors from Type Command (TYCOM) conducted inspections and provided training to the crew regarding the Ship’s Planned Maintenance System (PMS) and Maintenance Database System (MDS).

Overall, the evolution required 27,600 man-hours with approximately 2,300 ship’s force personnel involved from every department, division and work center over a four-day period.

According to Lt. Joshua W. Bunte the maintenance material management officer (3MO) aboard Stennis, part of the inspection consisted of administrative reviews, historical reviews of maintenance accomplishment and real-time spot checks.

The assessment is important to judge the ship’s current performance before heading into a 3M inspection, according to Bunte.

TYCOM inspector Chief Hull Technician Thomas J. Behl, from Orlando, Fla., advised Sailors to become familiar with reference materials and utilize their chain of command anytime there is confusion or uncertainty regarding maintenance. Referencing safety as a chief concern, he explained that Sailors should follow safety instructions to the letter and not be afraid to challenge unsafe practices.

“If it feels wrong, chances are it is,” said Behl.

Everyone, from the executive officer to the maintenance person, had a role in 3MA. Divisional officers and leading chief petty officers are responsible for the accuracy of the 3M programs in their respective divisions. Work center supervisors and repair parts petty officers manage maintenance actions. Maintenance personnel are responsible for completing all maintenance entirely and accurately.

According to Senior Chief Engineman Robert Zantow, 3M department leading chief petty officer, 3MA taught the crew to always follow procedure and ask if there are questions so problems can be identified.

Although the grade for the entire ship was below average, “We’re where we’re supposed to be,” said Zantow. “We knew we had to get better before the assessment started.”

With 3MA completed and Stennis’ Sailors armed with fresh knowledge, the crew will continue to improve and be mission ready for the challenges of the 3MI that lay ahead.

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