Shipboard Readiness Engineering Training & Support
A significant THOR core capability is providing shipboard engineering and combat systems readiness assistance training and support for the U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Coast Guard surface ships. Examples of services offered in the area are:
- Deck plate assessments
- Devlopment and delivery of training to personnel on operating, maintaining, and repair of critical equipment and systems
- Staff Engineering and Combat Systems Readiness Assistance Teams (ERAT and CSRAT): Afloat Training in AEGIS Combat System and HM&E
- PMS, Material Deficiency Identification, CSMP Documentation, and work-ready 2k development
- Main Space Safety Improvement
- CNO Availability Management
- CDMD-OA Configuration Validation Management, Corrective Maintenance best practices and documentation
- Hot/Cold Checks and Engineering Operational Sequencing System (EOSS) Validation
- Light-off Assessment (LOA), Ultra E, and INSURV Preps
Specifically for USN ships, THOR provides staffing for Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL)/Pacific (CNSP)’s Engineering Readiness Assistance Team (ERAT), as well as CNSL/CNSP Combat Systems Readiness Assistance Team (CSRAT).
Comprised of senior retired Navy engineers including multiple main propulsion tour Senior Enlisted (E-8/9) personnel, Chief Warrant Officers (CWOs) and Limited Duty Officers (LDOs), THOR ERATs are full-time, experienced deck-plate engineers with technical expertise in hull, machinery, auxiliary, damage control and electrical systems in diesel, gas turbine and steam propulsion U.S. Navy Ships. THOR ERAT builds upon a career of naval engineering, training, and management experience to provide insight and deck-plate knowledge to mentor shipboard crews. THOR’s ERAT/CSRAT Teams of seasoned worldwide deployable technicians function both ashore, and at sea.
THOR ERAT provides ship’s crew, ISIC Materiel Staff, Regional Maintenance Center personnel and MSMO Contractor administrative and technical training support including practical exercises improving propulsion, electrical, auxiliary and damage control system understanding, operation and sustained self-assessment on both the East and West Coast. THOR ERAT’s afloat support includes:
- Pre-assessment/inspection for INSURV, LOA, ULTRA C&E, Shipyard availabilities
- CSMP, 8 o’clock reports, GPETE, LOQM, FOQM, Electrical Safety
- DRS/SAMMS & PMS R-checks
- Deckplate Training
- Comprehensive troubleshooting and diesel propulsion operational review
- Watchbill validation (including equipment demonstrations)
- Hot/Cold Material checks & Safety walk-thru
- Material review of main propulsion diesel engines, reduction gears, shafting, CPP and associated propulsion equipment including auxiliary, and damage control equipment; identifying, documenting, and correcting material discrepancies on; coordination of events across departments
- Post-visit review of Findings and Recommendations to the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Chief Engineer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Top Snipe
Further, THOR’s CSRAT expertise spans the full AEGIS Combat System spectrum from comprehensive experience with AEGIS Advanced Capability Build (ACB) Baselines component Anti Air Warfare (AAW) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) utility as well as equivalent Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS) experience (all Mods) in CVN68, LPD, LHD1/7/8, LHA6/7, LSD, CVN-78 Class ships. From development thorough complete assessment, discrepancy documentation (TA-2 and above), over-the-shoulder operator / crew maintainer “Find, Fix, Train” at the level and often exceeding in depth, the AEGIS Total Ship Readiness Assessments (TSRA), Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Readiness Assessments (C5RA), and Ballistic Missile Defense Readiness Assessments (BMDRA), and Total Ships Systems Readiness Assessments (TSSRA).
THOR CSRAT, ERAT and SEA21 Program Management Office Representative (PMR) Waterfront personnel currently review and generate record message traffic. THOR’s comprehensive record message expertise includes Alteration Install recommendations, Ship Change Document (SCD) Risk Assessments, Alteration maturity verification for Port Engineers and ISIC for SEA21 Modernization Programs in CNO Availabilities, as well applying best practices of the Standard Specification for Ship Repair and Alteration Program (SSRAC) through portfolio data mapping and bi-directional validation across developed work packages, BWP through Alteration Installation / Team (AIT) schedule. THOR’s full range assessment methodology begins with pre-visit data review of existing repositories from a variety of sources (INSURV reports, Casualty Reports (CASREPs), DFS lists, Engineering Readiness Reports, etc.), optimizing CSRAT contact time. Once aboard ship, THOR’s full approach encompasses all AEGIS primary subsystems including: Command and Decision (C&D), AN/SPY-1 series Radar, Weapons Control System (WCS), Operational Readiness Test System (ORTS), AEGIS Display System, Mission Planner (MP), and the Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA)/Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). In parallel with discrepancy documentation, THOR’s trend analysis closes root cause maintenance training deficiencies, and generates a detailed Class and Cross-class reporting products, to include Flag-level briefing materials. THOR complies with all reporting requirements specified in its contracts including current period and contract to date costs with labor detail decomposed into regular and premium hours and dollars, by labor category. Further, THOR reports ODCs item identification description, name of vendor and amount, material handling costs, and total costs.