The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) has successfully completed its surface incremental availability (SIA).

USS Porter’s SIA was the first-of-its-kind Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability to be carried out at the Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Detachment in Rota, Spain.

The 60-day SIA comprises part of the planned maintenance cycle in the navy’s 32-month optimised fleet response plan, which enables vessels to be ready and responsive.

FDRMC’s detachment leveraged the Rota Port Engineer, and its Engineering and Quality Assurance personnel in the specification and review process to enhance productivity in order to return the ship to its fleet on-time and within budget.

Approximately 117 depot and numerous intermediate level work items were completed during the availability.

“The 60-day SIA comprises part of the planned maintenance cycle in the navy’s 32-month optimised fleet response plan, which enables vessels to be ready and responsive.”

FDRMC Detachment Rota personnel attained a 23% fix-to-find ratio, which is a measure of productivity.

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The vessel also scored well during its Ballistic Missile Defence Readiness Assessment that was completed simultaneously with the SIA.

USS Porter is home-ported in Rota and serves as one of the US Navy’s four forward-deployed guided-missile destroyers, which are deployed to assist Nato in its regional security and ballistic missile defence activities through regular patrols, exercises and port visits in the Mediterranean.

The ship conducts naval operations in the US 6th Fleet area of operations in support of America’s national security interests in Europe.

Image: USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams / Released.