US Navy's USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier to undergo PIA
The US Navy's second Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), also known as Ike, is set to undergo its planned incremental availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia.
The PIA will continue for six months and is part of the maintenance phase of the navy's optimised fleet response plan (OFRP).
OFRP is an operational readiness process designed to balance forward presence requirements with maintenance in order to ensure that the forces are ready to deploy on schedule.
Ike assistant maintenance manager Ensign Frank Garcia said: “Just about every segment and function of the ship will be affected in some way during the PIA.
“These repairs consist of ship alterations and ship changes ranging from electrical distribution to berthing rehabilitation. The PIA is expected to consist of about 419,419 man-days worth of work, equivalent to 3,355,352 contractor and ship's force man-hours.”
Ike is the first aircraft carrier to undergo the navy's OFRP and has successfully completed the basic, integrated and sustainment phases.
The maintenance phase will see a wide range of repairs and upgrades carried out on the vessel, which be conducted by 12 Force Work Production teams comprising the ship's company, who will be working in collaboration with personnel from NNSY.
The aircraft carrier's restoration is expected to enhance living standards for crew members and increase the vessel's mission readiness, allowing it to serve its 50-year projected operational lifespan.
Ike is currently slated to complete its PIA in the second quarter of next year.
Image: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departs Naval Station Norfolk for a planned incremental availability. Photo: courtesy of the US Navy by mass communication specialist seaman Devin Alexondra Lowe.