BREMERTON, Wash. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) completed a four-day Maintenance and Material Management (3M) Self-Assessment, Aug. 30. <br /> <br /> The self-assessment was used to evaluate Stennis on how well the ship conducted and accounted for maintenance through the 3M program. <br /> <br /> "3M Self-Assessment is a comprehensive review of administration, organization, and application of our program,” said Lt. Loren Nichols, Stennis’ 3M officer, from Aberdeen, S.D. “We do self-assessments to ensure our standards remain high and as a ship we stay mission ready,” <br /> <br /> During the assessment, more than 140 Planned Maintenance System procedural evaluations were conducted to test maintenance personnel’s level of knowledge and to ensure correct maintenance procedures were being performed.<br /> <br /> According to Nichols, proper 3M allows the ship to maintain the necessary operational standards and ensures the ship meets its expected life span. <br /> <br /> Stennis is currently undergoing a Docked Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.<br /> <br /> For more news from USS John C. Stennis visit www.stennis.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/stennis74.