USS Russell (ddg59) 
Maintenance Conference Held For USS Russell (DDG 59) 
SAN DIEGO - Regional Maintenance Center Southwest (SWRMC) hosted an initial Integrated Project Team Development (IPTD) event for USS Russell (DDG 59).

The event was designed to bring key stakeholders and team members together at specific times during the planning and execution of USS Russell's upcoming modernization maintenance. The goal was to facilitate the development of functional project teams and align the project teams, reduce availability cost and increase schedule adherence.

"The purpose of the integrated team development event is to bring together the entire project team and integrate them and align them with a common mission, common vision, and common goals," said Kristina Smith Fortner, Regional Maintenance Center Southwest IPTD division head.

The event was structured to discuss and communicate risks, as well as to discuss mitigation and plans for risks.

"This is all about improving the way avails perform. Getting them out on time at the right cost with everything working," said Rear Adm. David J. Gale, Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Command.

Russell is homeported in Hawaii but will be undergoing its scheduled maintenance period in San Diego.

"In San Diego the IPTD is government run with contract facilitators. The benefit of operating with our own organic resources is that we are already embedded with the project teams here," said Fortner.

"IPTD's are moving us to a whole different level in how we get the work done, said Gale, "These events teach us that advance planning does involve IPTD, in or to advance a surface Navy."

IPTD members included ship's force, port engineers, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 21) program manager representative, shipbuilding specialists (SBS), RMC project manager, as well as other key project team managers.
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