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ESG 7/CTF 76 Commander Expresses Confidence in Guardian Sailors

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Story Number: NNS070501-06
Release Date: 5/1/2007 3:41:00 PM

By Lt j.g. Steve Peterson, USS Guardian Public Affairs

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Carol M. Pottenger, Commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 7/Commander Task Force (CTF) 76, delivered words of confidence to USS Guardian (MCM 5) Sailors when she visited the ship April 16 prior to its departure for their Southeast Asia deployment.

“I am a firm believer that it is not the size of the ship that matters, but the heart of its crew,” said Pottenger to Guardian Sailors. “As you leave the shores of Japan and meet face to face with sailors of other nations, I am confident that you all will be worthy ambassadors and play a strong role in ensuring peace and stability in this region.”

During deployment, to meet all the training requirements, Guardian’s Sailors will need to constantly maintain a high level of mission readiness. The ability to execute the mission has been established in conjunction with pre-deployment work-ups and assessments. The crew put in countless hours of work during this time frame, making mission-essential repairs and upgrading the material condition of their ship.

The hard work in maintaining an effective material condition of the ship was noticed by Pottenger as she toured the ship’s engineering spaces, specifically the main machinery room.

While the crew was proud to show the ESG 7 commander their fine work and attention to detail in preservation, Guardian Sailors are looking forward to shining through execution and fostering interoperability with other nations.

“We’ve been training pretty hard, so we’re ready,” said Engineman Fireman Kody Downs. “This deployment is going to be challenging, but I think we are all ready for it.”

Guardian’s commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Steve DeMoss agreed.

“Echoing [Rear] Adm. Pottenger, Guardian is excited about the opportunity to shine -- and I know they will at every step,” said DeMoss. “Everyday I see the pride and professionalism in all the crew does, whether the crew is performing mine warfare exercises, training, or material preservation, they will be more than ready to meet the commitments that are going to come with this deployment.”

Guardian is a mine countermeasure ship forward-deployed to Sasebo. Guardian, along with the USS Patriot (MCM 7), serves under CTF 76 – the U.S. 7th Fleet’s mine countermeasures arm in forward-deployed operations.

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