Underway Training Prepares Crew For Sea


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From MarineLink.com:
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class James R. Evans, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are participating in shipwide exercises beginning March 20, which are aimed at returning the ship and its crew to operational status following an extended stay at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. General Quarters (GQ), engineering, crash and salvage, man overboard, sighting team, security, and other drills are being conducted during simulated underway periods in which the crew operate on an at sea schedule. “The fact that we’re done with most of the work we had to do in the yards means we can shift our focus now to training,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW) Billy Ramirez, leading petty officer of Air Department’s crash and salvage team. Ramirez and the rest of crash and salvage team are spending much of their simulated underway practicing aircraft salvage scenarios on the flight deck.
For the rest of the story, go to http://www.marinelink.com/Story/%e2%80%9cUnderway%e2%80%9dTrainingPreparesCrewForSea-206530.html

Comment: This brings back some memories. Not all of them pleasant but it's not intended to be. The idea is to train the crews of our ships to go in harm's way and make it back. If you all want to see how it's done, this is a good article to read.
 
From The Navy Times:

Boot camp gets new Battle Stations trainer
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Boot camp just got tougher. That’s because recruits now must go to sea and qualify to graduate – all without leaving the base.

It happens inside the new $82.5 million Battle Stations 21 trainer onboard the Trayer, a new “ship” recently put into service at the Navy’s boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill.

It’s the high-tech follow-on to the old “legacy” Battle Stations – team-building and problem-solving events utilizing cast-off fleet gear in old, worn-down buildings spread out over the entire base.

Now, the culminating boot camp event is all under one new roof, on a ship powered by high-cost, Hollywood-style special effects.

So cutting-edge is the technology that this one-of-a-kind military trainer is being eyed by the Saudi Arabian and British navies for use in their own training.
Full story at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/09/navy_bootcamp_070909w/

Comment: "The harder you train in peace, the less you bleed in war" is an axiom which is taken very seriously these days and it's here that the real training starts. Like The Crucible for the Marines, this is a rite of passage for new sailors who aspire to the fleet.
 
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