The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) departed from Singapore June 15 to conduct routine operations at-sea following completion of a scheduled preventive maintenance availability (PMAV).
The maintenance period included more than 400 checks of engineering, deck and combat systems.
Senior Chief Engineman Clifton Knight said:
During PMAV, the checks are divided into ship’s force checks and contractor’s checks. The contractors arrived at the start of PMAV and performed all their checks within five days.
Compared to other Navy platforms, the littoral combat ship has a relatively small crew. Routine maintenance outside the scope of ship’s force ability is conducted during a PMAV, where labor and technical support is supplemented by civilian contractors who perform much of the preventive maintenance schedule (PMS) work in port.
The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations.
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