EVERETT, Wash. - This past fall, the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) began preparing for its TYCOM Material Inspection (TMI) and congressionally mandated Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), her first since March 2009.
The INSURV website states, “INSURV was established by Congress 130 years ago to inspect our Navy ships and to report on their readiness. It is a thorough inspection that examines ships against known Navy standards to determine readiness in a myriad of areas.”
Momsen was originally scheduled for the inspection in 2014, but an extended maintenance period for scheduled and emergent repairs delayed it until the beginning of this year.
After successfully completing TMI on Jan. 15, Momsen had a little less than one month to correct any major discrepancies and prepare for her INSURV, scheduled to begin Feb. 9.
One month proved sufficient and on Feb. 11, Momsen received outstanding marks during the INSURV inspectors’ outbrief. The overwhelming response from the INSURV team was how impressed they were with the energy, knowledge level, and overall demeanor of Momsen’s Crew.
“The officers and chiefs couldn’t have been more proud of everyone’s performance throughout the arduous months leading up to these inspections,” said Lt. Korrin Cook, Momsen’s INSURV Coordinator.
The significance of this event lies not only in the outbrief scores, but also in the fact that this was the first INSURV in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) since USS Ingraham (FFG 61) completed the inspection in June of 2009.
INSURV inspectors, based out of Norfolk, Va., typically only conduct inspections in fleet concentration areas such as Norfolk, San Diego and Yokosuka, Japan.
Momsen, having just completed the 18 month maintenance period and preparing for the basic phase of a compressed deployment readiness cycle, decided it would be easier to conduct the inspection in their homeport of Everett, Wash.
Many doubted that the ship would be able to successfully complete an inspection in the PNW, in part due to the lengthy transit through the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca to reach the open ocean. However, the effort put forth by the crew proved that it could be done.
“When others thought completing an INSURV in the PNW was impossible, we found solutions,” said Cook.
“Our overall dedication to and execution of INSURV has made the Momsen crew better Warfighters and has brought my team together in ways no other inspection is able,” said Momsen’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Javier Gonzalez.
The preparation and successful completion of INSURV has placed Momsen in the best material condition as she prepares for a Seventh Fleet deployment later this year.
USS Momsen (DDG 92) is part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 and is homeported at Naval Station Everett in Washington State.