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USN pushes carriers through maintenance availabilities

04 October 2019
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USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) recently completed its Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP). Source: US Navy

Having completed its Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) in the latter half of September, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) is gearing up for its Integrated Phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan as the ship transitions back to the fleet following its recent extensive maintenance availability.

Those availabilities are key to maintaining overall US Navy (USN) fleet strength with carriers anchoring the USN global deployment strategy.

The USN has begun to hone its execution of those carrier maintenance availabilities.

For example, when USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completed docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) on 27 May at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility four days ahead of schedule, that marked the seventh consecutive early or on-time completion of an aircraft carrier availability at that facility.

Before completing its work on Nimitz , the Puget Sound and its Japan and San Diego detachments had notched similar success in other carrier availabilities.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) planned incremental availability was completed on time in San Diego in December 2016. Another Roosevelt planned incremental availability was completed 25 days early in San Diego in December 2018.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) selected restricted availability was finished one day early in Japan in May 2017. Another Reagan selected restricted availability was completed on time in Japan in May 2018, and a third Reagan selected restricted availability was done on time in Japan in May 2019.

The USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) planned incremental availability was completed five days early in Bremerton, Washington state, in August 2017.

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