The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed a three-day Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) material inspection, June 26.
INSURV inspects the material readiness of Navy vessels and reports the findings to the Secretary of the Navy to ensure the Navy’s ships are reliable, properly equipped and mission ready.
After the conclusion of the three-day inspection, Capt. Daniel Grieco, commanding officer of TR, addressed the crew on the magnitude of their accomplishment.
“It’s all about the journey, and it’s been an incredible journey over the last year,” said Grieco. “We’ve gone through taking Theodore Roosevelt back and turning her into our ship. This is a culmination of that journey. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’ve shown the fleet that the Rough Riders are back. My sincere thanks to each and every one of you. You’ve done it. You’ve made it happen.”
Sailors spent months preparing for the inspection, which included demonstrations of numerous systems, examinations of hundreds of TR’s spaces, as well as, an analysis of all lifesaving, damage control and safety equipment inventories.
“The crew as a whole really grasped the idea of one ship. Not just one piece of equipment, not just one department,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Mann, assistant INSURV coordinator aboard TR. “All the hard work and practice paid off during the presentation of our ship. The crew really came together and performed on gameday.”
During TR’s INSURV, more than 130 inspectors, both military and civilian, assessed numerous aspects of the ship with the assistance of TR’s crew.
“After we executed [our demonstration], it seemed like a piece of cake. We’re proud of what we did.” said Damage Controlman 1st Class Daniel Hernandez. “I couldn’t ask for anything better from any of my guys and the other work forces. They did everything I asked them to do, and I think that we did great. It came from the top.”
As TR concluded INSURV, Bryan Peters, the commander, Naval Air Force Pacific INSURV coordinator, responsible for all INSURV preparations for both Naval Air Forces Pacific and Atlantic, wrapped-up his career as well. TR’s INSURV was his 45th and final inspection.
“It has been impressive to watch TR come together top to bottom and across the board. After 50 years of doing this, it’s what keeps this fun,” said Peters. “As the ship mounts the summit, you can take pride in setting the bar in a fashion that will be difficult to follow.”
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katie Lash USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs