|NAVRIIP Improves Aviation Readiness One Platform at a Time|
NAVRIIP Improves Aviation Readiness One Platform at a Time
From Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs.
Patuxtent River, Maryland -- (NNS) November 26, 2002 -- Naval Aviation Readiness Integrated Improvement Program (NAVRIIP) continues to provide a process for identifying barriers to non-deployed readiness, but the focus has shifted from aviation bases to aircraft type/model/series (T/M/S), to realize results more efficiently and more systematically across naval aviation communities.
At sea with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) May 12, 2002 -- An E-2C "Hawkeye" assigned to the "Bluetails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two One (VAW-121) conduct a combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Bluetails are embarked with Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) aboard Kennedy.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Hampshire
"We are solving readiness issues using a formal process," said Lt. Cmdr. Dave Spencer, assistant maintenance officer, Airborne Early Warning Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CAEWWL). "We are also sharing the information throughout the aircraft intermediate maintenance department (AIMD) and discussing the items hurting our heads to give the fleet a chance to solve their requirements issues."
Initially, NAVRIIP was designed to address non-deployed readiness issues site by site, not by T/M/S. Due to restructuring the approach, maintainers are now able to address readiness more efficiently across a specific T/M/S of aircraft by communicating and reporting the findings on barriers to other sites that support the same aircraft.
The other sites can then move forward with the barrier removal process before the NAVRIIP team reaches their base. Adjusting the NAVRIIP systemwide process and schedule to locate barriers by T/M/S sequentially, lessons learned are more readily passed from base to base, as the NAVRIIP team visits continue.
By facilitating open communication between bases with the same aircraft, maintainers may better move forward analyzing other systems with readiness issues when the NAVRIIP team reaches their base. By systematically improving the NAVRIIP process, non-deployed readiness rates can quickly be increased.
"We concentrate on chipping away the barriers locally, and realize that the big issues can be escalated when the resources are not locally available," said Lt. Don Heffentrager, avionics division officer, AIMD Norfolk.
The NAVRIIP BOG (boots on the ground) leaders visited Naval Base Norfolk for a look at barriers to and quick fixes for E-2C Hawkeye readiness, the Navy's airborne early warning aircraft. This meeting concluded five-week barrier identification and mapping efforts by the Norfolk NAVRIIP team and the Thomas Group.
"One of the great points of the BOG process is that at the local level, if the resources are available, the barrier is easily leveraged and resolved," said Rear Adm. Wally Massenburg, NAVRIIP chief operating officer and assistant commander for Logistics at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). "It’s when the resources are not available that NAVRIIP really becomes essential. NAVRIIP provides the formal process for identifying the problems."After top barriers were chosen for removal, barrier removal teams (BRT) were established to begin the break down process. As of Oct. 14, 17 local barriers were removed. Future barriers for removal include 34 that are currently being investigated.
"We have realistic expectations with barrier removal. With three BRTs in work at all times, we know we will have some barriers escalated but we will continue to work the process," said Cmdr. Mike Kelly, Norfolk AIMD officer. "The Thomas Group emphasizes and is honest enough to say that you will have a backlog but that keeping the rhythm going is important. We understand this process takes some time."