US carrier “Ike” completes INSURV material inspections

U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Material Inspections, February 25.

Due to operational requirements, this was Ike’s first INSURV in nearly 10 years with more than 1,400 of those days spent at sea.

INSURV is an inspection mandated by Congress to observe and report on the material readiness of Navy ships and to ensure all systems are functioning at the intended level. A successful inspection depends on the combined effort of the entire crew, in all departments, and the guidance and experience of officers and enlisted leaders.

Captain Paul C. Spedero Jr., Ike’s commanding officer, said: “I can’t begin to describe how proud I am of this crew. The demands and sacrifices our Sailors and their families made to get the ship ready for INSURV were tremendous, and their pride and professionalism was evident during the inspection.”

Inspectors examine how the crew conducts preventative maintenance, identifies discrepancies and the steps they take to fix them, executes a meaningful Zone Inspection program with maximum involvement, and takes ownership in and responsibility for their equipment and spaces. The four-day inspection covers eight functional areas ranging from habitability to material readiness.

Captain Robert Aguilar, Ike’s executive officer, said: “I have been thoroughly impressed by the teamwork of this crew and the cooperation across departments to get us ready for INSURV. I’m proud of this crew for what they have accomplished under our compressed work-up schedule.”