Damage control: MMC (SS) Fannin.
#9 Portable Oxyacetylene Cutting Apparatus--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year did not have a complete kit per the AEL contrary to MIP 6641/009, MRC 18M-1R and 24M-3R. The correct AEL is 2-920013034 rev Dec 05. Recommendation: Ensure you have the most current revision of the AEL and conduct the inventory IAW PMS.
#8 DC Locker Equipment Missing Items (Material)--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had at least one DC locker with the Material Bag, Band-It Kit and Tool Roll missing items from the AEL's contrary to MIP 6641/009, MRC Q-3R. Recommendation: Ensure that you have verified that the DC AEL's are the current revisions. Bandit Kit AEL 2-880043002 rev Jan 08. Material Bag AEL 2-880043003 rev Jan 08. Tool Roll AEL 2-880043004 rev Apr 07. Once you have verified the AEL's are the current revision, take the time to inventory each and every locker using the AEL's and document the completion of 6641/009 Q-3R.
#7. PKP Caps are being over lubricated--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had at least one PKP extinguisher with over lubricated cap gaskets and threads contrary to MIP 6641/009, MRC A-18R. Over lubricating the PKP cap gaskets and threads causes the powder to stick to the lubricant and may clog the pressure relief ports in the cap creating a safety hazard. The MRC requires maintenance personnel to apply a thin coat of silicone to the cap threads and gaskets and then install the cap hand tight. Recommendation: Ensure you complete the applicable portion of MRC A-18R on all extinguishers annually and upon work center receipt of a new extinguisher.
SAFETY NOTE: Tightening the cap hand tight is necessary to prevent a false indication of a charged extinguisher. A cap that is over tightened may be difficult to remove and give a false indication of a pressurized extinguisher. An extinguisher with an over tightened cap must be vented prior to cap removal to confirm the extinguisher is not pressurized and eliminate the safety hazards associated with removing a cap from a pressurized extinguisher.
#6. Fire Hoses--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had at least one fire hose station with improperly cleaned, lubricated fire hoses and vari-nozzles, and unions over tightened contrary to MIP 6641/009 MRCs A-21R and R-19. Recommendation: Fire hose and Vari-Nozzle unions are required to be hand tight only with a thin coat of silicone compound on the threads. Follow the MRCs step-by-step and if you have questions, stop what you are doing, place everything in the safest condition possible and get help from your LPO or LCPO so that you can complete the PMS properly.
#5. DC Locker AEL's not updated (Administrative)--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had AELs for the tool roll, band-it kit, and the material bag that were not the latest version. Recommendation: You can get the latest version of the AELs at the following site (https://nicppla11.fmso.navy.mil/APLAEL/aplael.aspx?Banner=ON). This Application Requires A PKI Certificate--No Exceptions!! Once you have verified through the website that you have the correct AELs, ensure that the Supply and 3MC also have the correct information. Bandit Kit AEL 2-880043002 rev Jan 08. Material Bag AEL 2-880043003 rev Jan 08. Tool Roll AEL 2-880043004 rev Apr 07.
#4. APC System Cleanliness--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had a combination of dirty fusible links or scissor assemblies or were not cleaned properly IAW MIP 5556/004, MRC M-2 and S-4R,. Recommendation: Take your time when performing these MRC's. Ensure that you use a flashlight when verifying that all the areas called out on the MRC are clean. You should not be able to feel oil or see an orangish brown residue on any of the places called out to be cleaned.
#3. PKP Extinguishers--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had PKP extinguishers with the dry chemical at an improper level contrary to MIP 6641/009, MRC A-18R. Recommendation: Perform the entire 18M-1R going line-by-line using the reader-worker method to ensure proper completion. Accomplish the 18M-1R in conjunction with the Q-7R upon receipt of new extinguishers to ensure they are placed in service with the PKP chemical at the proper level and ready for use.
#2. AFFF Extinguishers--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had AFFF extinguishers that were under/over charged with AFFF solution contrary to MIP 6641/009, MRCs Q-10R, A-1R and R-48,. Recommendation: Perform the Q-10R and A-1R on all AFFF extinguishers upon receipt. If necessary (under or over weight) fill the extinguisher to the correct level with the anti-overfill tube inserted and properly seated IAW MRC R-48. Complete the remainder of the prescribed MRC using the correct tools and scale (0 to 60 LB dial, in 1 OZ graduations NSN 9V-6670-01-035-5507).
#1. SCBA--100% of all Submarines surveyed this fiscal year had SCBA bottles that were damaged and should have been removed from service until repaired IAW MIP 5519/016, MRC R-2,. Recommendation: Inspect SCBA bottles that are damaged using MRC R-2 and if required have them repaired by an authorized repair facilities identified in COMNAVSAFECEN Afloat Safety Advisory 3-08 DTG 211439Z Oct 08 and the JUL-SEP 08 FLASH.
If you have any questions about these items or ideas for items to be submitted in the next FLASH feel free to call or email me using the contact information listed in FLASH.