WESTERN PACIFIC (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz conducted a maintenance and material management inspection (3MI, November 9-11.

The 19 team members from Commander, Naval Air Forces concluded the inspection Nov. 11, which consisted of evaluating how by-the-book the crew is able to conduct maintenance. Nimitz scored well above average with a score of 95.1 percent.

"3MI is a diabolical inspection," said Capt. Kevin Lenox, commanding officer of Nimitz. "The whole point is to find out if the ship is completing their required maintenance, and to find out if the ship is doing the maintenance the right way."

Back in the beginning of August 2016, during the 3M Assist Visit, Nimitz's score was 87.5 percent. The visit enabled the Nimitz crew 15 months to prepare and improve for the inspection.

"It's the first time I've seen a ship pass a 3MI with such a wide margin," said Nimitz' lead 3M chief, Senior Chief Electrician's Mate Wally Plettner, from Helena, Mont. "It's truly incredible that a ship this large was able to get 3,200 Sailors all pulling together to get where we are today. One thing this ship has taught me is that Nimitz shows up on game day, come hell or high water."

Nimitz Sailors demonstrated their 3M proficiency by completing spot checks on damage control gear and other shipboard equipment. The 3M inspectors inspected different areas of the 3M realm including hazardous materials, digital databases and historical maintenance. Additionally, the inspectors looked at how well the shipboard inspectors were doing their job and gave training on areas that the crew could improve on.

"My biggest kudos and my heartiest thanks goes out to all the junior Sailors; the ones who did the maintenance and passed the spot checks," said Lenox.

Moving forward, the crew has the knowledge and ability to effectively, safely and properly perform maintenance; and they now have the score to prove it.

"Professionalism and perseverance is a part of everything we do and I truly believe we're going to maintain that standard transiting home, during our upcoming availability and returning Nimitz back out to sea," said Nimitz Command Master Chief Jimmy Hailey. "Teamwork is a tradition is a way of life on board and I am proud to be a part of this crew."

The maintenance inspection was one of the last hurdles for the ship and her crew before starting the journey home after a long deployment.

The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. The U.S. Pacific Fleet has patrolled the Indo-Pacific routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional security, stability and prosperity.

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