Posted: June 30, 2017 10:56 AM

Porter Completes Navy's First SIA In Rota, Spain

ROTA, Spain — USS Porter (DDG 78) completed its Surface Incremental Availability (SIA) June 16, the first such CNO availability ever performed at Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Detachment (FDRMC Det.) Rota, Spain, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said in a June 29 release.

Porter serves as one of the Navy's four forward deployed guided-missile destroyers home-ported in Rota, Spain that support NATO's regional security and ballistic missile defense efforts through regular patrols, exercises and port visits in the Mediterranean.

This SIA provides more intrusive maintenance support and is part of the planned maintenance cycle in the Navy's 32-month Optimized Fleet Response Plan that keeps these ships ready and responsive, reflecting Vice Adm. Tom Moore, NAVSEA and Fleet Forces Command' commitment to returning ships to the fleet on-time, on-budget.

NAVSEA's focus on establishing stable requirements and predictive planning lead FDRMC Det. Rota to perform all Advance Planning and Technical Specification preparations using its own shipbuilding specialists and marine surveyors.

The detachment also leveraged the Rota Port Engineer and its Engineering and Quality Assurance personnel in the specification and review process to improve productivity. During the 60-day availability, 117 depots and numerous intermediate level work items were completed on time and within budget.

During maintenance assessments, one measure of productivity is the fix-to-find ratio. This ratio reflects the percentage of items not previously identified for repair or maintenance that were corrected when completing maintenance actions. Maintenance items not previously identified often require deferment so the proper manpower and equipment can be identified to conduct the repair. FDRMC Det. Rota personnel achieved a 23 percent fix-to- find ratio.

For comparison, a typical fix-to-find ratio in the United States is less than five percent.  

"A job well done for FDRMC Det. Rota, notably Teddy Baggott, project manager, and Lon Walters, assessment director," said David Phillips, deputy officer in charge, FDRMC Det. Rota.

Porter, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, also scored well during its Ballistic Missile Defense Readiness Assessment. The assessment was completed concurrently with the SIA.

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