USS Vandegrift Completes INSURV
By: Ensign Krysten Warren
SAN DIEGO - USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) successfully completed thorough tests of the ship’s equipment and systems performed by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Dec. 12, 2008, to determine the ship’s prompt, reliable, and sustained mission readiness.

Vandegrift Sailors welcomed over 25 military and 40 civilian inspectors Dec. 8 to begin the primary stages of INSURV. Once out to sea, the crew was eager to demonstrate their extensive training, knowledge and preparations to the inspectors. The first day ended on a positive note and left the crew feeling confident about next few days.

One of the inspectors, Chief Electronics Technician Brian Bieche, commented on the crew’s enthusiasm, “first impression was you guys were prepared, had everything laid out and ready to go. I could tell IT2 Ortiz knew what he was doing, had a great attitude, and made the inspection exciting.”

Four days in port were dedicated to analyzing the ship’s combat systems, weapons, damage control abilities, safety programs and engineering systems, and several other areas. The Board of Inspectors did not overlook a single aspect of the Oliver Perry Class Frigate’s operational abilities including the structure, habitability and communication networks.

With combined efforts from the Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dean Rawls, and his crew, Vandegrift pulled together and made a commitment to get the job done. The crew diligently self-assessed, repaired and maintained every aspect of the 24-year-old frigate.

“I am very pleased with the results of the inspection. It took months of hard work and preparations to accomplish this critical inspection and I am proud of each member of the crew for their part,” said Rawls.
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