history and detailed condition of machinery and
. Plan and use the ships facilities effectively to
maintain, repair, and preserve equipment and
. Allocate work correctly to the following
functions: (1) the ships force, (2) the tenders and repair
ships, and (3) naval shipyards or other repair activities.
PROPULSION EXAMINATION BOARD
The Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Commanders-in-
Chief (FLTCINC) established PEBs to verify adherence
to propulsion plant readiness standards and to ensure
that these plants are operated properly and safely.
OPNAVINST 3540.4 establishes the PEBs, describes
their authority and responsibility, designates
membership, and prescribes administrative procedures.
Each conventional PEB has the following
responsibilities when its members examine propulsion
Evaluate the qualification of all propulsion plant
personnel based on appropriate PQS.
Witness and evaluate propulsion plant evolutions
using the installed EOSS as a basic guide.
Inspect the material condition of the propulsion
plant for state of operational readiness,
preservation, and cleanliness.
Review and evaluate administration of the ships
engineering department and all records relating
to the propulsion plant.
When the board completes an examination, it will
submit an official written report to the appropriate
FLTCINC, with copies to the type commander,
appropriate administrative commander, immediate unit
commander, and the examined ship. FLTCINC will
forward a copy of the report of findings to CNO; the
Chief of Naval Material; and the Commander, Naval
Safety Center (when appropriate). The report will be
submitted as soon as possible, but always within 30
days of the examination.
Light-Off Examination (LOE)
The initial LOE is conducted under any of the
Before lighting the first fire in any boiler or the
first light-off of a main or auxiliary gas turbine
Following major conversion of a ship
On a ship qualifying for fitting out availability
On a ship with restricted availability in excess of
In fulfilling its responsibilities, the PEB ascertains
the state of training of propulsion plant personnel, the
adequacy of administrative procedures, and the material
readiness of the propulsion plant machinery spaces as
they affect impending propulsion plant operations.
Propulsion plant drills are not required to be conducted
as part of this examination. For example, simple
evaluation of boiler water and feedwater, fuel sampling
and analysis, as applicable, and walk through casualty
control drills may be conducted at the discretion of the
senior member conducting the examination.
Operational Propulsion Plant Examination
The OPPE is conducted under the following
No more than 6 months after the end of a repair
period during which an LOE was conducted
The interval between subsequent examinations
will be approximately 18 months
is considered essential that a ship successfully
complete an initial LOE. A subsequent satisfactory
OPPE is considered essential before a ship certifies as
fully ready for fleet operations or sails on deployments.
Except for ships homeported on the Mediterranean,
OPPE will not normally be conducted on ships under
the control of Commander-in-Chief, United States
Naval Forces, Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR).
Reports of corrective action subsequent to an
examination will be submitted as specified by the
FLTCINC, with information copies forwarded to CNO
BOARD OF INSPECTION AND SURVEY
CNO administers INSURV. An INSURV board
consists of a flag officer as president and such other
senior officers as may be required to help him carry out
the boards duties. Regional boards and subboards are
established as necessary to help an INSURV perform its