Sasebo, Japan - MCI, or Mid-Cycle Inspection, is a TYCOM led, INSURV supported event that inspects overall material readiness for fleet assets around the world. USS AVENGER Sailors are preparing by rehearsing demonstrations and assessments at MCI minus 101.
With equipment readiness checks and inspections, the first week of preparations culminated in an overall conditions check of all Deck equipment. This all-hands effort, with the crew creating a human chain to get all materials onto the pier, will be rehearsed several more times before the actual event in early June 2013. USS AVENGER successfully completed her last Board of Inspection and Survey in April of 2011.
“As with everything we do, AVENGER Sailors came together to get all the equipment moved off the ship,” said Ensign Ryan Mati, AVENGER’s First Lieutenant.
“It was cold, but we knew what we had to do, with MCI coming up our mentality shifts to mission first and helping out our shipmates where we can,” added Information System Technician Petty Officer First Class Jason Beeman.
USS AVENGER (MCM 1) was commissioned 12 September 1987, and forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, in 2010. AVENGER reports to Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.