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SPY Honor Roll: Recognizing Maintenance Excellence
Roll Call

SPY Honor Roll. The SPY-1 Radar Maintenance Monthly Honor Roll program was established in April 2013 by the AEGIS Integrated Combat Systems Program Office (PEO IWS) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), in conjunction with COMNAVSURFOR.

The Honor Roll recognizes ships that achieve and maintain COMNAVSURFOR radar enhanced readiness standards (CNSP 131508ZOCT11). These new standards improve radar performance and operational availability.


Since April 2013, fifty-two (52) of the Navy’s 84 AEGIS cruisers and destroyers have made the Honor Roll, including thirty-one (31) ships that have made the Honor Roll five or more times. One ship in particular -- USS MASON (DDG 87) has been on the Honor Roll ten (10) times and another ship -- the USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) -- has been on the Honor Roll for an astounding fourteen (14) consecutive months.

Making the SPY-1 Radar Maintenance Honor Roll for even one month is no easy feat -- not to mention the incredible USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) fourteen (14)-month-long coup. To achieve Honor Roll status, a ship must be underway for at least 15 days during a given month; must perform the SPY-1 Radar Transmitter Phase and Power (TP&P) PMS check (MRC 4560/506 R-2W) every 72 hours while underway; and must weekly in-port and complete other SPY enhanced material readiness improvement program PMS checks. Moreover, the ship is required to submit its SPY-1 TP&P results to NSWC PHD and maintain an average SPY Effective Transmit Power (ETP) at or above Spec (0DB/4MW) 90% of the time while underway.

AEGIS Wholeness Initiative. The Honor Roll is part of a broader AEGIS Wholeness Initiative to improve overall AEGIS mission readiness. This initiative commenced three years ago in an effort to improve interoperability; sustainment; manpower, personnel, training, and fleet AAW proficiency and readiness. Since SPY-1 Radar readiness drives AEGIS mission performance and combat system operational availability (Ao), the AEGIS Wholeness Initiative focuses on improving SPY Ao. It includes the following elements:


 Warships Ready for Combat


 Training Crews to Fight and Win


 Developing Our Sailors


 Awards and Recognition




  • Radar pre-deployment assessments and grooms
  • Forward staging more spare parts and readiness based sparing models
  • Increasing access to subject matter experts with a 24/7 AEGIS Tech Team watch and SIPR chat
  • In-theater technical representatives
  • Filling vacant technical representative billets
  • Additionally, the initiative includes:
  • Fielding the Accelerated Adaptive Diagnostic Electronic Portable Testset (ADEPT)
  • Improved first responder support at Regional Maintenance Centers (RMC) by providing improved waterfront expertise
  • Redesigning high replacement rate spare parts to improve reliability and maintainability
  • Computer program maintenance (CPM) to correct all high and medium computer program issues.
  • Both the SPY Honor Roll and the AEGIS Wholeness Initiative are credited with improving deployed SPY-1 radar operational availability from .85 in fiscal year2011 to .98 today in fiscal year 2014. This increased availability enabled IWS to minimize lost operational days during a six month deployment -- 30 days to less than four days. Additionally, just two years ago, 25% of sampled deployed AEGIS ships Effective Transmit and Power (ET&P) was below PMS standards; today, less than 5% of deployed AEGIS ships are reporting an ET&P below PMS standards.

USS Gettysburg With deployed enhanced readiness now stable, the SPY-1 Radar Maintenance Honor Roll and the AEGIS Wholeness Initiative have expanded to the rest of the fleet. Ships are now capable of earning a spot on the Honor Roll when they are not actually deployed. Enhanced readiness resources are being made available to ships earlier in the Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) cycle. This allows Sailors to have at their hands a combat system on which they can immediately train upon completion of their maintenance period.

In closing, the SPY-1 Radar Maintenance Honor Roll is a highly effective tool to recognize the exceptional work our Sailors do to sustain the mission readiness of our cruisers and destroyers.

For additional information about the Honor Roll or SPY-1 Radar support, contact LT Mark Helzer, NSWC PDH, and for additional information on the AEGIS Wholeness Initiative, contact CDR Andrew Biehn, PEO IWS, Surface Warfare Magazine

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