SAN DIEGO - The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) recently completed and passed its mid-cycle inspection (MCI) May 30. Boxer Sailors prepared for this event thoroughly, presenting a proud ship and a well versed crew for this critical inspection.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this ship and the entire Boxer team,” said Boxer Command Master Chief Todd Gruchalla. “And I want to put the emphasis on team, everyone came together as one cohesive unit, helping each other across the deck plates,” he added.
Gruchalla also said that the assessors shared with him that they were impressed with the professional knowledge and military bearing of Boxer Sailors.
“We put our best foot forward and I think the results demonstrate that,” he said.
Navy ships are inspected at least every three to five years by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The INSURV inspection is conducted to ensure that the ships are properly equipped and maintained for prompt, reliable, sustained mission readiness at sea. MCI is an inspection that is conducted at the mid-point between INSURV inspections. Both INSURV and MCI are intended to be a "come as you are" inspection, providing a snapshot of a ship’s material condition and the crew’s ability to maintain and operate equipment onboard.
“They inspected everything, top to bottom, from our systems to our ladder well bolts,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Marvin Muong, who works in Boxer’s Command Information Center (CIC).
“Glad it’s over with, but it was nice to make sure that we are in tip-top shape before leaving on the upcoming Western Pacific deployment (WESTPAC),” Muong added.
Over the course of two days, Boxer endured close scrutiny of its equipment by a team of more than 60 inspectors composed of civilians, officers and chief petty officers.
“Boxer completed in two days what many ships have had difficulty accomplishing in an entire week,” said Chief Damage Controlman Elias Robles.
Each department was responsible for demonstrating the material condition of their spaces, equipment, and systems in their respective warfare areas, from the deepest bilge pocket, to fan rooms, and up the mast. Shipboard safety and programs were also inspected for compliance.