Pinckney Gets SMART

By Ensign Alysha Haran, USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego based Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) began implementing the Shipboard Maintenance and Repair Team (SMART) program this week. It is one of the first ships to use this innovative new waterfront resource to improve the process of readying ships for deployment.

SMART consists of qualified technicians, including contractors and Sailors from the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC), who conduct system-level visits to assist ships with training, assessment and repair. The Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE) created the program to improve operational readiness and increase collaboration throughout the Fleet. Each SMART visit lasts approximately one week, focuses on one shipboard system at a time and takes place entirely onboard the ship. Qualified technicians guide ship’s force on how to properly follow the Planned Maintenance System (PMS) ensuring maintenance is performed correctly. The technicians can also recommend changes to unwieldy procedures in coordination with the Maintenance Material Management Coordinator (3MC). The goal is to augment on-ship maintenance capabilities with expertise on the Waterfront to meet the readiness requirements and assist in training sailors for maintenance at sea.

One of the advantages of the program is its ability to turn resources into repairs by consolidating the ship’s Continuous Ship’s Maintenance Program, Preventative Maintenance System Quarterly Boards, and Operational Sequencing System publications with reports that come from inspections, class studies, and lessons learned. SMART technicians help ship’s force both by using the Fleet budget to acquire repair parts and by relaying trends they see coming from the Fleet.

“We’re able to offer avenues that either haven’t been used before or have never been made available,” said EM1(SS) Kent Long, a SMART Technician assigned to Pinckney. “In the case of supply, we can act as an interface between the departments, the 3MC and the workcenter supervisor to ensure the job is written correctly and help expedite getting the parts onboard...”

In addition to making ships more deployment-ready, the program also aims to increase uniformity across platforms and push issues to the CLASSRON to be dealt with before they become problems at sea. If operation and PMS checks are unsatisfactory, the SMART Team will submit a feedback report and monitor progress until the problem is resolved.

“SMART is really an outstanding opportunity,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Duffy, Pinckney’s Executive Officer. “With no labor cost and minimal material cost to the ship, our Sailors are getting the necessary skills they will need to make repairs during an extended deployment while developing a network the ship will benefit from well after we get home. Even if we don’t have a part available onboard, SMART will issue the part, which we will pay back at a later time.” SMART will even check for inconsistencies onboard the ship and fix the problem so that the correct parts will be available in the future.

The systems currently covered by SMART come from the Fleet Top 20 Maintenance Burdens list and include:
· AEGIS, Gas Turbines
· Close In Weapons Systems
· Compressed Air Systems
· Firemain/Sprinkler/Washdown and Saltwater Service Systems and many others

Once SMART finishes helping destroyers such as Pinckney prepare for their upcoming deployment, it will begin extending their services to the LSD class.

This is another example of a successful SWE initiative that demonstrates how SWE, in collaboration with other naval partners, is meeting its mission using sound work principles and processes to optimize warfighting readiness. Continuous process improvement allows the SWE to fulfill that mission in each core area: maintenance, modernization, logistics, manning and training. The SWE is a $25 billion enterprise committed to providing the most powerful, dominant, lethal and adaptable surface warfighters and ships with maximum efficiency and careful stewardship of resources.