Supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman has departed for sea trials.
Capt. Ryan B. Scholl her crew and civilian contractors for working together to stay on schedule and making an on-time departure from the shipyard. According to a press release:
“The number one goal for this ship over the last year was making it better than when it arrived here. This excitement, enthusiasm and teamwork is what propelled us out of the shipyard. Truman is ready to tackle the next stage of doing what carriers do – conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea.”
The US Navy said:
“Critical work during the availability, which began last September, included upgrades to the ship’s internal and external communication network, receiving, inventorying and installing more than 3,000 Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) assets and the Navy’s next generation tactical afloat network. The afloat network enhances operational effectiveness and provides better quality of life for deployed Sailors.
To maintain the ship’s operational longevity, Sailors and contractors teamed up to repair nearly 4,500 reactor material items, which accounted for approximately 25 percent of the ship’s overall work package. Additionally, maintenance and refurbishments were made to shipboard systems in preparation for future operations, including rehabilitating 90,000 square feet of Truman’s hangar bay, 7,000 square feet of its flight deck combing and scuppers, and 10,000 square feet of catwalk.”
Lt. Cmdr. Jeremiah Nelson, Truman’s maintenance manager, oversaw the progression of the ship’s period of incremental availability (PIA).
“This PIA was all about smart coordination between workforces and making sure we worked safely.
There was a ton of work to be done, but all hands did an excellent job of executing their mission. We had a lot of people on this project and they all helped to ensure this ship re-entered the fleet operating at its maximum potential.”
Following trials, the vessel will return to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.