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Sailors Arm Up In Preparation For ULTRA "S"

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070323-05
Release Date: 3/23/2007 12:28:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew King, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4) trained March 21 for security drills they must complete during their upcoming Unit Level Training Assessment - Sustainment (ULTRA S) inspections.

Nassau Sailors will be tested by members of the afloat training group on their knowledge as well as application of pre-planned response as set forth by the ship’s instructions. ULTRA S is set for May 10 through 12.

Tight schedules and limited time in port has made training especially difficult for members of Nassau’s security alert team, basic alert force and deck watches.

“We drill them on handcuffing procedures, tactical movement, response times and general knowledge such as weapons ranges, general orders and the definition of deadly force,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (SW) Kristopher Griffin.

Force Protection Training Team members set up stations to train the crew on techniques in handcuffing, bomb searches in rooms and vehicles, combat movement through the ship, how to handle hostage situations, and maintaining proper quarterdeck watches. Team members walk the crew through each station slowly to make sure everyone has a thorough understanding of what will be expected before going through the scenario in real time.

The afloat training group also will check administrative records to ensure Sailors are qualified for the watches they are standing. Weapons and instructor certifications held by crew members also must be current.

“Not only do we need to keep up on academics, but also qualify on weapons as well,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Maria Holmes, a small arms instructor on board.

Nassau’s Security Department must also ensure that the proper gear is available to response teams. The allowance equipage list is verified to what is on board the ship and discrepancies are corrected to reflect what is on the list.

“We need to verify all the gun belts, flash lights, radios, everything that we have on board,” said Griffin.

The team has given Nassau crew members the tools for preparing for ULTRA "S." With continued training and motivation the crew members will continue to hone their skills for the future.

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