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Oscar Austin's Damage Control Team Provides Training to Bahraini Ship

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051024-13
Release Date: 10/24/2005 6:17:00 PM

By Ensign Hayley Edmondson, USS Oscar Austin Public Affairs

ABOARD USS OSCAR AUSTIN (NNS) -- USS Oscar Austin's (DDG 79) Damage Control Training Team and senior members from the ship’s Engineering Repair Division embarked the Bahraini Ship RBNS Sabha, a former Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, Oct. 9 to discuss the procedures, organization, and importance of damage control at Bahrain’s Naval Station.

Sabha had just finished an extended yard period and requested Oscar Austin's assistance to maximize the crew’s damage control (DC) readiness. The frigate’s chief engineer welcomed the group on the quarterdeck and escorted them below to the crew’s mess.

“I enjoyed the time discussing our DC organization with the Bahraini Navy. The officers and crew members from the Sabha were very interested in how we operate," said Lt. j.g. Adam Cummins, Oscar Austin DC assistant. "We also got the opportunity to discuss the finer points of DC. We all thought this was a fun and meaningful experience."

Oscar Austin crew members walked the Bahrainis through a drill package created for the event. They also showed the Sabha DC teams the props U.S. Navy ships use during drills, including various flags that represent classes of fires and a smoke machine.

“They were willing to learn. I wish it could have been longer, so we could have observed them do one of their drills," said Chief Damage Controlman Jose Velez. "It was worthwhile, though."

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