The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington's
(CVN 73) Supply Department completed its Supply Management Inspection (SMI) this past November.
SMI is a three-day inspection that checks every aspect of the ship's Supply department, from logs to training, to cleanliness, to service. The inspection verifies and certifies the department's ability to support the carrier during in-port and at-sea operations.
"Anybody can put on a show for SMI and the inspectors know that when they come onto the ship, yet they really want to know what the crew thinks," said Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Brian Ware, George Washington's
Food Services officer. "They sampled our food, checked our storerooms, went through our inventory and looked at our records. However, everything they did went back to the crew by asking any of the Sailors, 'Are the services like this every day?"
Supply Department, comprised of 402 personnel, received a score of outstanding and above in each division.
"This is the first of any forward-deployed aircraft carrier to receive a score of outstanding in all divisions," said Lt. Cmdr. Marcus Jones, Principal Assistant for Services aboard George Washington
. "This inspection is about the entire ship, not just Supply because a big portion of the grade comes from what the crew thinks about the services."
The results of the SMI play a big role in the competition for the Edward F. Ney Memorial award, which recognizes excellence in Navy food service programs, and the Battle Effectiveness (Battle E) award. SMI counts for more than 40 percent of Supply Department's score for the Battle E award.
"The standard was set and maintained; the crew loves it; and the SMI team couldn't believe it," CWO Ware said.
According to Lt. Lowell Corpuz, Principal Assistant for Logistics, the Postal and Disbursing Divisions scored so high during the Supply Management Assessment earlier this year that they did not have to participate in SMI.
"They were the first divisions in the fleet to be validated," Lt. Corpuz explained. "This is a huge achievement for George Washington
received an “outstanding” from the inspection with an overall grade of 97 percent. Inspections of the hazardous material storeroom resulted in the highest score of any storeroom in the fleet for the fourth year in a row.
"I am thoroughly impressed," Lt. Cmdr. Jones emphasized. "If not for the entire crew and all the hard work and long hours they put in, we wouldn't have received the score that we did. We are lucky to have such dedicated Sailors."
and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
By MCSN Liam Kennedy
USS George Washington