PHILIPPINE SEA - Since departing from Sasebo, Japan, April 25 for patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, after spending a year import, the mine countermeasures ship USS Avenger (MCM 1) is looking to prevail in Maintenance and Material Management (3M) through the preventative maintenance system (PMS).
With a crew of approximately 100 Sailors, this mine countermeasures ship is doing everything it can to keep itself ready for battle, said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick L. German, the commanding officer of Avenger.
"PMS is important because it extends the life of your equipment," German said. "It also makes individual Sailors more familiar with the equipment they operate."
Engineman Fireman Nicholas Parker said he was able to finish his maintenance in a short period of time through the use of a maintenance requirement card, a component of PMS that helps Sailors complete maintenance from start to finish.
"PMS makes things simple so we can do the repairs step-by-step,” Parker said. “Especially with the more complex maintenance, it helps to have a guide. By following the instructions, we're able to keep our equipment working."
Sailors throughout the ship use maintenance cards when checking out hazardous materials to perform checks on the equipment.
German said PMS is about keeping a steady stream of checks and maintenance to keep every piece of equipment working at 100 percent.
Leading by example, German emphasizes safety and reliability at every opportunity.
Signs are posted all over Avenger to remind Sailors that success isn't about a sprint to the finish.
"It's not about passing the inspection or getting certified," said German. "It's about doing the routine things routinely."