NSWC Port Hueneme Readies USS Preble (DDG 88) for Inspection & Deployment

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NSWC Port Hueneme employees work with ship’s force on the signal processor alignments for the SPY-1D Radar during USS Preble’s (DDG 88) visit to Port Hueneme, Nov. 5-9, 2012.

Photo by Delaney Gallagher, NSWC Port Hueneme.

NSWC Port Hueneme employees work with ship’s force on the signal processor alignments for the SPY-1D Radar during USS Preble’s (DDG 88) visit to Port Hueneme, Nov. 5-9, 2012.

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme personnel provided comprehensive technical assistance and training to USS Preble (DDG 88) Nov. 5-9 in preparation for the ship’s upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), a critical event certifying that the ship is properly equipped for prompt, reliable, sustained mission readiness at sea.

According to INSURV President Rear Adm. Robert O. Wray, Jr., INSURV is “probably the toughest and most thorough external review that any naval ship will ever receive.” For this reason, the technical experts at NSWC Port Hueneme provided a meticulous exam to fully assess the readiness of the ship’s Aegis, Vertical Launch, Tomahawk and Gun Weapon Systems, as well as Underway Replenishment gear.

“We have subject matter experts in electronics, mechanical, and computer engineering that spent countless hours on board Preble bringing combat system equipment to a higher state of operational readiness,” said Jay Javier, NSWC Port Hueneme project engineer. “Their work makes the difference between passing or failing an inspection.”

Upon her arrival, Preble’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Kurt Sellerberg greeted the NSWC Port Hueneme engineering team with praise.

“Preble is excited and very fortunate to be here in Port Hueneme this week,” he began, “the superstars of NSWC Port Hueneme are some of the best and brightest engineers and technicians in the world—our sailors are thrilled to be working and learning beside the best.”

During the assessment, sailors and NSWC Port Hueneme personnel worked side-by-side, providing an excellent and unique opportunity for the ship’s crew to have a dialogue with the engineers.

“This sailor-to-engineer communication exchange is a significant component of the ship’s assessment, resulting in a clearer understanding of the maintainability and operability of the shipboard systems by the crewmembers who operate them,” explained Javier. “The crew leaves Port Hueneme fully prepared and confident of the reliability of their equipment to support ship’s mission.”

During the visit, Sellerberg also commented on the technical support of the ship’s combat systems.

“The Preble team and family look forward to improving our overall combat readiness and enhancing our mission execution in preparation for deployment. Your work is important to us—not only for the upcoming INSURV, but for our deployment as well.”

NSWC Port Hueneme, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, is one of the Navy’s designated In-Service Engineering Agents, providing the global United States Navy fleet with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. Commanded by Capt. Bill DeBow of the United States Navy, NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.

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