SAN DIEGO - USS Makin Island's (LHD 8) Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) successfully passed the Commander Naval Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR) Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) Dec. 5.
The four day inspection consisted of a thorough evaluation of programs, practical application of processes and training within the department to determine mission readiness status.
"Passing this inspection makes Makin Island's AIMD 100 percent ready," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carl R. Lindee, assistant maintenance officer assigned to Makin Island's AIMD department. "We are effective and efficient in all Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs (NAMP) and processes."
Members of the Aviation Maintenance Management Team (AMMT) scored 36 out of 36 programs with a perfect score of "on track."
"This certification means we can support the different types of aircraft that will be onboard soon," said Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Valentin R. Pedraza, quality assurance officer assigned to Makin Island's AIMD department.
AIMD began preparing for this year's inspection in January with the goal set of "doing the everyday things right" for the upcoming inspection, said Lindee.
Lindee credits teamwork, hands-on engagement from the senior leadership, enthusiasm of his junior Sailors to get the job done right, professionalism, knowledge of rate and the quality assurance (QA) team as some of the reasons the department performed efficiently during the inspection.
The QA team is composed of subject matter experts from all divisions within AIMD. Their role in the department is to ensure AIMD complies with all aviation maintenance programs.
Prior to the AMI, the QA team conducted an in depth inspection within the department to find and correct any discrepancies.
"My quality assurance representatives identified 369 discrepancies throughout 40 programs and led the department in correcting all 369," said Pedraza. "They also conducted training to prepare for the 51 drills conducted by the inspectors."
The outstanding performance from the AIMD department had set precedence and assisted in placing Makin Island one step forward to being mission ready to deploy.
"Overall, what made the inspection go well was the teamwork and passion everyone has for their job," said Pedraza. "Yes, we had to work long hours, but not once did I hear anyone complain because we were shooting for 100 percent from the beginning."
The AMI was scheduled for Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, but the inspection team finished their evaluation Dec. 4.
Makin island was noted as the best command the inspection team had seen this year, stated Lindee.
"This was accomplished by focusing our team on 'doing the everyday things right'," performing khaki audits, drills, practicals, and inspecting what we expect," said Lindee.
USS Makin Island is currently in the process of recertifying for mission readiness status after a 13-month phased maintenance availability.