US Navy’s Nimitz-class supercarrier CVN 77 completes INSURV

7 March 2018 (Last Updated March 7th, 2018 12:13)

The US Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) has successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey's (INSURV) material inspection (MI).

US Navy’s Nimitz-class supercarrier CVN 77 completes INSURV
INSURV inspectors arrive on-board the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Credit: US Navy by mass communication specialist 1st class Sean Hurt / Released.

The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) has successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey’s (INSURV) material inspection (MI).

INSURV inspectors evaluated the vessel according to US Navy standards as part of the inspection process, which was conducted to determine its overall combat readiness.

USS George H.W. Bush INSURV coordinator lieutenant commander Winston Cotterell noted that a series of trial runs were previously carried out on the carrier in order to enable the crew to improve on discrepancies and prepare for the final MI.

"The five-phase preparation plan allowed the crew to become more familiar with the INSURV standard and correct discrepancies prior to the final inspection."

Cotterell said: “The five-phase preparation plan allowed the crew to become more familiar with the INSURV standard and correct discrepancies prior to the final inspection.

“Ultimately, the crew’s dedication and attention to detail contributed to our successful performance during the actual MI.”

Cotterell further added that the successful completion of the INSURV MI demonstrates the carrier’s capability to conduct any task and remain combat-ready at all times.

USS George H.W. Bush is currently based in Norfolk, Virginia, where it is undergoing routine maintenance activities in preparation for the upcoming maintenance material management inspection (3MI).

The US Navy’s aircraft carriers are designed to deliver decisive and sustained airpower to help support a complete range of mission requirements.

USS George H.W. Bush represents the tenth and final vessel in the navy’s fleet of Nimitz-class carriers, which were constructed at the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.

The $6.3bn aircraft carrier was originally commissioned with the US Navy on 10 January 2009.