On 2 May 2013, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) became the first AEGIS-Modernization Destroyer to complete a Light Off Assessment (LOA) making her ready to light off main engines and generators.
John Paul Jones’ crew demonstrated excellent material readiness and operational proficiency through rigorous testing and evaluation. Senior Assessor Captain M.T. Talaga stated “JPJ was well prepared for the assessment. The ship was fortunate to get a couple weeks with the spaces to themselves since PCD and reaped the benefits. Cleanliness and preservation was well above average of FLT I Class DDG’s and material checks were very well orchestrated.”
LOA is an assessment performed by ATG and Engineering Assessment Pacific (EAP) to verify if a ship is able to safely light off and operate its engineering plant and take the ship to sea.
Additionally, the damage control organization was tested for satisfactory material condition and its ability to safely handle flammable liquid fires in machinery spaces. The hard work, long hours and dedication from the engineers as well as the support from the crew made the difference.
Now that LOA is complete, John Paul Jones will light off her Engineering Plant for the first time since August and prepare to take the ship to sea in late May.