San Diego, CA - USS Sampson has had a very busy year. After a six month deployment from February 2012 to August 2012, a brief Post Operational Movement period in September 2012, and Joint Task Force Exercises and Composite Training Exercises in November 2012, Sampson Sailors prepared for the biggest material inspection in the ship’s history, INSURV.
The Board of Inspection and Survey, has been sending teams to inspect U.S. Naval Warships for operational combat readiness since 1868. Congress mandates that every U.S. Warship conduct an INSURV once every 3-5 years.
Prior to Sampson’s maiden INSURV, Sampson sailors worked earnestly to repair equipment and were inspected by the Engineering Readiness Assessment Team (ERAT), conducted a Pre-INSURV Assessment (PIA), and executed a Type Commander Material Inspection (TMI) in January 2013.
On February 25th, USS Sampson Sailors and 110 INSURV inspectors and TAD personnel got underway from NBSD for the at sea demonstrations. The major demonstrations included a full power run of the ship’s plant with crashbacks, an anchor drop test, and live fire demonstrations from the CIWS, the 5-in gun, and the 25 mm guns.
After 4 days of 33 demonstrations, well over two hundred checklist inspections of equipment/gear, and several program reviews, the USS Sampson successfully passed INSURV.
Commander Dwayne Ducommun congratulated his Sailors on their success at INSURV at an all hands call today and let them go on weekend liberty a few hours early for some well-deserved time off.