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Atlantic Ocean - Dec. 2017: Inspectors from the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), watch Sailors perform a steering demonstration aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). (Navy photo by Chief MCS Jen Blake)

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House would require the Navy to continue conducing readiness inspections on ships. If passed, the bill would amend the guidelines of the so-called INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey) inspections to include both classified and unclassified reports of their results.

As of now, the reports are not classified. The inspections – which have been around since 1882 – are scheduled to cease by the end of the year unless Congress acts.

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Reps. John Garamendi, D-CA, and Rob Wittman, R-VA are sponsors of the measure, HR-2609, which now pends before the Armed Services subcommittee on naval readiness and sustainment.

“The INSURV program is critically important to ensure that Congress can continue to perform its oversight responsibilities of the Navy,” said Garamendi. “I’ve seen firsthand how much this program is needed to monitor and report naval readiness and sustainment.”

Wittman acknowledged that INSURV inspections are difficult for crews.

“It’s not the most popular program on the deck plate,” Wittman said. “from the most junior enlisted to the most senior officer, it’s a dreaded inspection, but a necessary one. It ensures that every submarine that submerges, surfaces; every warship that deploys, returns home.”