EVERETT, Washington – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shop (DDG 86) successfully completed their Light-Off Assessment (LOA) event Jan. 31 following an extensive maintenance period.
LOA is an engineering focused event and is a key milestone to entering the basic phase of training in preparation for future deployments.
During the event, an inspection is conducted to check the material readiness of the ship ensuring that all engineering equipment is in good shape and safe to operate.
Approximately 1,000 hot and cold checks are conducted as part of the inspection to ensure equipment is ready to safely get underway. Also, the tag out, hearing conservation, heat stress management, engineering operational sequencing system and personnel qualification standards programs were observed.
Overall, Shoup received a passing score by the engineering assessment team who ensures U.S. Navy vessels in the Pacific Fleet are safe to operate their engineering plants in accordance with applicable guidance and proceed to sea.
The leadership of Shoup said they attribute the success of the LOA event to the hard work of the entire crew.
“Overall, the success of the inspection was a team effort, not just by engineering department but as an entire ship,” said Ensign Leslie Alvarez, the ship’s main propulsion assistant.