The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) completed a five-day sea trials period Mar. 13 following an eight-month planned maintenance availability period.
During the underway period, New Orleans’ crew members tested a number of shipboard systems including damage control systems, navigational equipment and the propulsion plant.
The crew also conducted several checks to prepare for its upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection scheduled to take place later this year.
Sea trials gave the ship’s crew an opportunity to operate and test equipment as designed following a lengthy maintenance period. According to Capt. Doug Verissimo, New Orleans’ commanding officer, it also gave the crew a chance to train.
“The crew shook off the dust from the maintenance period and performed exceptionally well,” said Verissimo. “Our newest Sailors were able to learn how the ship operates underway, and the emphasis was on safe and precise evolutions.”
The Inspection and Readiness Team (IRAT) conducted numerous checks to ensure the ship would be ready for its upcoming INSURV. On their first visit, the team checked if equipment was functional and annotated discrepancies to be fixed before INSURV.
“IRAT was incredibly helpful,” said Lt. Chris Stone, the ship’s operations officer. “They happily shared their vast experience and knowledge with the crew and have already helped contribute to the ships readiness and on going preparations. We look forward to having them on board at every opportunity as we continue to prepare and rehearse for INSURV.”
INSURV is a congressionally-mandated inspection of Navy ships that occurs every three to six years to ensure ships are fit to conduct sustained combat operations. The inspection team evaluates a ship’s readiness to conduct combat operations at sea and to systematically check installed equipment.
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