USS Denver
Decommissioned August 14, 2014
USS Denver Goes Through INSURV Inspection
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Jordan
SASEBO, Japan – USS Denver is currently undergoing an inspection to ensure that the ship meets the statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements as set by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

The SECNAV and CNO have designated the President, Board of Inspection and Survey (PREINSURV) as their agent to conduct the inspection of Denver, the second oldest commissioned ship in the United Sates Navy.

“Our purpose is to go out and test all the systems we can,” said Navy Captain Eric Tapp, the Chief of Staff at INSURV. “We see what the conditions of the ship are, and report that information to higher Navy authority to Congress, SECNAV, CNO and make sure they understand the implication of issues on ships.”

Denver Sailors were properly prepared for the inspection, and the ships leadership knows this and expresses their gratitude.

“I am proud of our Sailors,” said Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Edwin Purdy, Command Master Chief of USS Denver. “The mighty Denver is the second oldest modern-day ship in the fleet, but through their hard work we passed ULTRA-S in February, 3M Certification in May and now we are in the middle of our INSURV inspection. On top of all that, because Denver Sailors trained to do the job right the first time, every time, and it has paid off in the last advancement cycle.”

The inspectors have taken notice to the hard work Denver Sailors have put into the preparation for INSURV.

“We’ve noticed that you’re using the right procedures,” said Tapp. “The Navy Standard PMS, EOS and CSOSS those are things that Sailors should take away from any day in life on a ship, were just there to enforce those particular standards and make sure that they are being used.”

The inspection normally lasts four days. On the fifth day, INSURV will provide an out brief for Denver detailing findings from every evolution and demonstration.

Denver is part of the forward-deployed Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.
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