USS George Washington Nails AMI

The USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) earned a perfect score on their Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI), Oct. 9-11.

The Naval Air Forces Aviation Maintenance Management Team (AMMT) evaluated AIMD’s maintenance programs, drill performance, training programs, support equipment and material condition.

“We were out of the stratosphere with this inspection,” said Master Chief Avionics Technician Gerald Williams, AIMD’s maintenance master chief petty officer. “I have participated in four AMI’s in my Navy career, but this was by far the best one.”

The AMMT evaluated 41 applicable programs and all were graded as “On-Track”. They also conducted contingency response drills and practical examinations. All six drills and 55 practical examinations were given perfect scores.

Cmdr. Jose Montes, George Washington’s AIMD maintenance officer, said: “During the inspection, AMI members would pick people at random and throw them in a situation to perform procedures that included salvaging equipment during an emergency, hazardous material spill response and proper tool control.”

According to Williams, this particular AMI team has been inspecting for more than two years and described the inspection as a ‘no hitter.’

AIMD Sailors have been preparing for the AMMT for months. They had a pre-evaluation June 20-25 that gave them a list of items to improve upon.

George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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