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PINCKNEY Completes Successful INSURV Inspection

By ENS Alysha Haran

SAN DIEGO - USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91) completed a successful Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Material Inspection March 10.

The San Diego-based Arleigh-Burke Class ship was found “fit for sustained combat operations at sea” according to Capt. Michael Brannon, Senior INSURV Inspector.

The congressionally mandated inspection, occurring once every three to five years of a ship’s life, measures its current “as is” material condition. The collected data is used to determine the likelihood of the ship meeting its expected lifespan and address any potential class issues that need corrective action.

While sometimes anticipated with mixed feelings, the four-day marathon of demonstrations provides benefits that cannot be overstated.

“It’s a chance for subject matter experts to come onboard and assess what we might have missed, and that’s a good thing all around,” said Cmdr. Dan Brintzinghoffer, Pinckney’s commanding officer. “The crew gets closer over the months spent preparing for the inspection. They learn to work together and become a closer knit command.”

INSURV is arguably one of the most challenging inspections Sailors face, but it’s an important aspect to ensuring that warships are ready for tasking. The outside agency interaction that comes with the inspection brings a welcomed focus to the ship and expedites results. It also calls for training and hands-on experience to successfully accomplish some of the more difficult demonstrations, such as the air defense detect-to-engage scenario and the propulsion plant full-power demonstration – displays for which Pinckney received above average marks.

“We have seen an increase in our Sailor’s level of knowledge with regards to their equipment and rating,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Duffy, Pinckney’s executive officer. “We’ve also seen a great deal of support from the rest of the waterfront, and our appreciation can’t be stressed enough. The crew is standing by to return the favor.”

Following INSURV, Pinckney continues to train in anticipation of her Western Pacific Deployment scheduled later this summer.

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