By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jenna Kaliszewski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
Sailors onboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) can launch and recover aircraft every 30 seconds and feed more than 5,000 people at sea. But none if that is possible if the tools they use aren’t calibrated correctly.
The Intermediate Maintenance (IM-3) Calibration Shop of Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) ensures mechanical and electrical tools meet their standardized measurements.
“It’s like a guitar,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Kyla Rouse, temporarily assigned to the AIMD IM-3 Calibration Shop. “The equipment is supposed to operate within a certain band, and we test it and bring it back into that band, just like you tune and tweak a guitar.”
The shop works on many of the ship‘s tools, from torque wrenches and pressure valves to electrical equipment, said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Glenn Hart, the leading chief petty officer of the Calibration Shop.
“We have standards of known tolerances to calibrate different tools to,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Gregory Kettlewood, temporarily assigned to the Calibration Shop. “The Calibration Shop ensures the accuracy of all components that can have any deviation from their standard measurement.”
Sailors on the ship and most departments have to bring their tools to the Calibration Shop for tuning.
“The electronic side is a preventative maintenance,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Marcus Spears, of AIMD IM-3. “Everything comes up here on a cycle so we can test it and calibrate it with accuracy four times greater than our customer needs it to be.”
The Calibration Shop helps Theodore Roosevelt operate smoothly and work in harmony by precisely tuning even the smallest tools until they are pitch perfect.