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Ingraham Returns to Port After Trident Fury

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070523-14
Release Date: 5/23/2007 5:49:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Douglas G. Morrison, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett on May 18, after participating in the two-week exercise “Trident Fury.”

The joint training exercise took place in the waters west of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and was developed by Canada's Pacific Joint Task Force Headquarters for the purpose of building a strong working relationship between the maritime and aviation forces of the United States and Canada.

“One of the things we are reaching for is an international 1,000 ship Navy,” said Lt.j.g. Mark Schaff. “Training operations like this are another step towards meeting that goal by getting joint forces operating together as one team.”

During the exercise, the guided missile frigate participated in many joint evolutions to include anti-submarine warfare, war-at-sea exercises that involved three EA-6B Prowlers demonstrating radar jamming capabilities. There was also a personnel transfer by descending from a helicopter and live-firing exercises on a flying target and a decommissioned Canadian destroyer, HMCS Huron (DDH 281) during a sinking exercise (SINKEX).

“It’s good we received this training,” said Schaff. “When we are training with other navies, it significantly rewards the crew with experience and structure we need.”

Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Ron Glass said he is proud of the work his shipmates did during the SINKEX.

“Our crew shot dead on, nailed it, and that’s why it sank,” said Glass “I saw it floating pretty well and after we got through, it sank. We have pictures and video to prove it.”

Ten Ingraham Sailors also participated in a crew swap between U.S. and Canadian ships.

“It was pretty wild to see how they did things,” said Damage Control Assistant, Ensign Allen Murphy. “I got to see them do a gun shoot and saw how they ran things.”

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Sparling, Electronics Material Officer, said the training exercise was a complete success and it was an excellent learning experience for everyone.

“We had zero equipment casualties,” said Sparling. “All communications to include radio, radar systems and cable television worked as advertised. I think we impressed the Canadians with our operating abilities with foreign nations."

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