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    Kearsarge Completes INSURV

    Kearsarge Hosts Board of Inspection and Survey

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    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Richardson 

    USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment June 10, 2021.
    INSURV, which is congressionally mandated, is a thorough inspection of a ship’s habitability and material condition of readiness and was part of Kearsarge’s certification for operations at sea.
    Over four days the INSURV inspection team, comprised of over 120 different personnel, assessed every aspect of the ship from a maintenance and material readiness standpoint.
    “We look at everything,” said Capt. Will Herrmann, the INSURV senior inspecting officer. “We are looking at how each piece of equipment works, if it’s working to specifications, if the maintenance is being accomplished on it, and if the ship knows the status of all of the equipment onboard.”
    Preparing for INSURV was an all-hands effort by the Kearsarge crew. They ensured all aspects of maintenance was in compliance with Navy standards and the material readiness of equipment was documented.
    “Being inspection ready is really about the ship’s culture and what we expect of ourselves,” said Kearsarge Executive Officer Capt. Tom Foster. “We are building a winning team here aboard Kearsarge that’s ready for anything and there’s nothing like that feeling of being able to deploy knowing that you’re good at what you do.”
    Herrmann said INSURV inspections are challenging for commands who must perform checks that may not have been accomplished recently.
    “My team knows what to look for,” said Herrmann. “They know how maintenance and repairs should be progressing. The bottom line is, we are the one entity in the Navy that completely assesses the material condition of a ship to determine whether or not the ship is on track to meet its service life.”
    Foster said INSURV inspections can be negatively perceived because the focus is on deficiencies without regard for what the command is doing right but leadership on every level has acknowledged the tremendous amount of work the crew has put into the ship.
    “Our team, the work they put into the ship, and the motivation our Sailors showed in each of their inspections has not gone unnoticed,” said Foster. “Our Sailors showed pride in their gear and pride in our ship and with that kind of crew there’s nothing we won’t be able to do.”



    Date Taken: 06.10.2021
    Date Posted: 06.10.2021 14:16
    Story ID: 398603
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US

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