Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, the “Tridents,” completed the Commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR) Aviation Maintenance Inspection (AMI) Aug. 3.

The completion of AMI qualifies Trident maintenance to operate independently on deployment and is the second to last inspection that the Tridents must complete before they leave.

AMI is conducted by inspectors from Naval Air Forces and covered 39 of the squadron’s maintenance programs. It consisted of five drills, including a missing tool drill and an emergency reclamation drill, and 50 practicals, which covered a broad spectrum of day-to-day maintenance activities.

“This is an all hands on deck effort,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rick Dorsey, the VP-26 maintenance officer.

“Everyone contributes to the success of this inspection and it takes a lot of time, training and muscle memory to make this successful. Its completion is a direct reflection of the attention to detail and professionalism of all the Sailors in the Trident Maintenance Department.”

The completion of AMI is a major milestone for Trident maintenance as it is the last of two major maintenance inspections in the Fleet Readiness Training Program (FTRP) that the squadron must complete before deployment.

The next and final step for the VP-26 Maintenance Department is the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11 Material Control Inspection, where inspectors from the CPRW-11 will come and inspect the overall condition of the Trident aircraft in preparation for deployment.

The Tridents are homeported on Naval Air Station Jacksonville and are currently executing the FRTP in preparation for their upcoming deployment.