book for the tools checked out. The yard boss must also
provide grease guns, valve caps, and light bulbs.
As a member of the transportation pool, you maybe
assigned as a washrack attendant to assist the yard boss
in maintaining washrack operations. The washrack
supports the Equipment Management Program by
providing means for the daily cleaning of equipment that
allows the detection and prevention of major problems.
Thorough cleaning of equipment cannot be
accomplished with water alone. A supply of soap,
brushes, buckets, serviceable hoses, and a trash can
enhance the operation of the washrack.
The yard boss and the dispatcher must work as a
team in order to ensure that equipment due for PM is
available and is prepared to be turned in the morning of
the scheduled PM due date. This team approach allows
the mechanic shop to process and service the equipment
When a piece of equipment is due for PM, the yard
boss receives a NAVFAC 9-11240/13 (Hard Card) from
the dispatcher. The dispatcher has the responsibility of
maintaining a Hard Card log book and issuing a Hard
Card number for tracking the maintenance of the
equipment. The yard boss has the responsibility for
ensuring the equipment and attachments are cleaned,
lubricated, and processed through collateral equipage.
A recommended flow for PM Hard Cards is to have
the yard boss submit two Hard Cards stamped PM and
initialed by the collateral equipage custodian. The
equipment, Hard Card, and cards from the Trouble
Reports File for the USN are sent to the mechanic
The mechanic equipment
inspector has the responsibility to accept or reject the
equipment, depending on cleanliness and lubrication.
For equipment that is accepted the yard boss has the
mechanic inspector sign receipt of the Hard Cards and
retains one for the dispatch records.
Operating on beaches, loading and unloading
landing craft units, and participating in amphibious
operations often expose CESE to salt water and wet
sand. Every effort must be made to minimize equipment
operations near salt water. Exposure to saltwater causes
premature damage to brake systems, lubrication fluids,
bearings, extensive rust, and overall equipment failure.
PREINSPECTION. Before beach operations,
equipment must be thoroughly inspected and prepared.
The equipment must be in good operating condition, so
the possibility of failure in the water is reduced. The fan
disconnect must work and all fording equipment must
be watertight and connected correctly. If the equipment
does not have a fan disconnect and has to perform
operations in the water, loosen or remove the fan belt.
If you are unsure, consult the maintenance supervisor
for clear directions. Use of water-resistant greases,
antiseize, antirust compounds, and application of a light
oil spray on the undercarriages will reduce corrosion.
equipment must enter the water, enter as slowly as
possible to reduce the possibility of radiator damage.
When swell and surf actions are present, ensure that the
equipment does not become submerged below its high
water mark. Take caution when operating at low tides
because of the incoming tide.
AFTER OPERATIONS SERVICE.
Immediately after operating CESE in or around salt
water, you should clean and wash it thoroughly with
fresh water. Ensure that all areas are washed and all
accumulations of wet sand are removed. A thorough PM
inspection should be performed by the mechanic shop,
giving special attention to possible contamination of the
gearbox and fluid reservoir lubricants. If salt water is
detected, the reservoir and the system must be emptied,
flushed, and refilled. A light oil spray on the
undercarriages after washing down with fresh water can
be used to reduce corrosion.
RECOVERY PROCEDURES. Immediately
after recovering equipment that has been submerged, the
following procedures must be taken:
1. Wash and clean the equipment thoroughly with
fresh water. Ensure that all the areas are washed and all
the sand and the mud are removed.
2. Wash and flush out the engine with an oil and
diesel fuel mixture. Remove the spark plugs or fuel
injectors and turn the engine over.
3. Wash and flush out all the fluid reservoirs and
compartments and replace all the falters.
4. It is extremely important to get the engine
running as quickly as possible. If the engine will not
start, it must be disassembled as quickly as possible,
cleaned, and reassembled.