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Rushmore Receives High Score on ULTRA-C Certification

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS060330-08
Release Date: 3/30/2006 12:44:00 PM

By Journalist 1st Class Paula M. Ludwick, Commander, Naval Surface Force Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Rushmore (LSD 47) earned the highest score for damage control readiness of any ship in the Atlantic and Pacific fleet during their unit level training assessment (ULTRA-C) certification as part of the SHIPTRAIN program, March 17.

ULTRA-C assesses a ship's ability to conduct drills ranging from firefighting, anchoring, and defending the ship in simulated combat situations, to personnel management and completing required schools.

This comes four days after Rushmore was issued two tough book computers loaded with TORIS-TFOM (Training and Operational Readiness Information Services – Training Figure of Merit) Afloat software. Their training was evaluated in four main categories: proficiency, personnel, management and material.

“The computers helped out greatly because it gave us a real-time view of where we were in our training,” said Chief Hull Technician (SW/AW) Larry Klayko. “The software allows us to streamline what training needs to be focused on in order to cut the training cycle shorter and be ready for deployment in a shorter time.”

“It feels really good to know that the crew came together and we pulled it off as a team,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Chris Ashton of Cincinnati.

Ashton’s role in the ULTRA-C certification consisted of writing drill packages as part of the damage control training team and training the crew in order to be prepared for any situation that may arise.

SHIPTRAIN is a new continuous training that is expected to reduce the time required to train, assess, and certify a ship as ready to be tasked from 16 weeks to approximately four weeks.

The time reduction made possible by SHIPTRAIN will support the Fleet Response Plan (FRP) by making more ships available to combatant commanders and re-capitalizing valuable tax dollars.

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