Sasebo, JAPAN - Sailors aboard the class mine countermeasures ship USS Warrior (MCM 10) completed the new Material Maintenance Management (3M) Certification April 28 - May 01.
The certification consisted of four consecutive days of vigorous program review and compliance verification. Assessors from Afloat Training Group Western Pacific (ATGWP) graded the crew's ability to properly perform and document maintenance.
During the assessment, Sailors were tested on program knowledge and performed various spot checks to ensure compliance with maintenance requirement cards. During the inspection ATG assessors conducted space walk-thru’s to determine the ships ability to document the material readiness of their spaces.
Warrior is the first ship in the Navy to certify under the revised 3M instruction with all work centers demonstrating proficiency in all graded areas.
“It was a great challenge completing this certification while also in DSRA,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin S. McCormick, Warrior’s commanding officer. “I could not be more proud of the crew for their hard work in establishing high standards for maintenance and material documentation.”
McCormick held an all hands call immediately following the 3M assessment delivering the news that Warrior completed the certification, which was received with great excitement as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment.
"We complete maintenance on a daily basis and following procedures becomes second nature,” said Mineman Seaman Logan Hitt, combat information center maintenance person. “however, I will admit when you have a master chief standing there conducting your spot check, it makes you think twice before moving to the next step; I am happy we passed.”
Warrior is an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. Warrior reports to Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.