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Lassen Practices Mediterranean Mooring Evolution

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070921-16
Release Date: 9/21/2007 4:28:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) practiced Mediterranean mooring (med mooring) Sept. 20 at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).

Med or “stern to” mooring is a common docking procedure for yachts and small boats at marinas, as well as ports in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. The advantage is that less pier space is used, so more ships can fit into a smaller area.

However, it is not a common practice for U.S. Navy warships, as a ship has to drop anchor while backing into the berth, using the anchor to keep the ship’s bow straight, according to Cmdr. Marshall Brown, USS Lassen’s commanding officer.

Before making future ports of call where a med moor might be necessary, Lassen took advantage of CFAY's resources to practice the mooring procedure.

“There are places out here in the Pacific where med mooring is required,” said Brown. “In order for us to be proficient when we go to those places, we need to practice. So today was a great opportunity for Lassen to utilize the tugs that are here in Yokosuka to practice something that is somewhat difficult and something we don’t do very often.”

According to Yokosuka’s harbor pilots, this was the first time since the 1960’s that a ship has med moored in at the naval base here.

Brown was pleased with the overall success of the evolution.

“We really have rehearsed this a lot,” said Brown. “We had two pretty involved briefs saying exactly how we’re going to approach it and everyone involved executed it perfectly.”

Lassen is the 32nd ship in the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers. It is 509.5 feet long, has a displacement of 9,238 tons, has four gas-turbine engines and can travel in speeds in excess of 30 knots. Lassen is currently forward-deployed to Yokosuka Japan and is part of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen.

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