SAN DIEGO - USS Rushmore (LSD 47) successfully completed its material inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment and was found fit for sustained combat operations, July 13.
INSURV is a congressionally mandated periodic inspection to examine the ship's damage control abilities, safety, habitability, material condition and overall shipboard readiness.
Rushmore was a test bed for Smart Ship Technology.
"Rushmore spent 10 years being a non-standard LSD with a host of associated manning and logistical challenges," said Commanding Officer Cdmr. Brian Finman. "As the lone 'Smart Gator' ship, many systems did not have the proper repair part support, or the requisite operator and maintainer training."
Finman added this mid-life upgrade helped standardize many of those challenges and commended his Sailors on their efforts in getting the ship prepared.
"It was evident on game day that every crew member understood their role in making systems work and their spaces look their best," Finman said. "I am proud of the crew's accomplishment and I'm pleased that the hard work and sacrifice of the past several months was recognized by the inspection team."
The attitude was highly visible throughout the crew.
"We all came together and rose up to the challenge as a true team," said Fire Controlman Seaman Timothy Nalley. "When one of us fell, the rest of us were there to help pull them back up. We learned how to rely on each other during our times of struggle."
Even though the Sailors worked long hours and were away from their families, the event was rewarding.
"When we finally got the word on how well we had done, it was more of a surreal feeling than anything," said Nalley. "I'm very proud to say I was a part of this victory even though we sacrificed so much."
With a successful INSURV inspection behind, the ship can now continue with pre-deployment preparations with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Amphibious Ready Group