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USS Pearl Harbor Departs Mazatlan, Begins ULTRA-S

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070922-19
Release Date: 9/22/2007 1:04:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Damien Horvath, USS Pearl Harbor Public Affairs

MAZATLAN, Mexico (NNS) -- USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departed Mazatlan, Mexico September 20, heading back to its homeport of San Diego in conclusion of Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007 deployment.

During the Mazatlan port visit, Pearl Harbor Sailors made final preparations for the arrival of the Afloat Training Group (ATG), which will be conducting the Unit Level Training Assessment – Sustainment (ULTRA S) inspections to test the ship’s readiness in a variety of training scenarios.

ULTRA S is an evaluation of the ship’s training proficiency levels conducted by ATG. The ship will be evaluated in various areas such as engineering, damage control, combat systems and medical. ATG will also observe other shipboard operations such as seamanship, navigation and the maintenance, material and management program (3M) program.

“The purpose of ULTRA-S is to maintain the highest standards of readiness in all areas of the ship,” said Pearl Harbor’s training officer Lt. j.g Justin Sheppard. “The ship conducts a multitude of evolutions for ATG to observe and grade. We anticipate success in all areas.”

In addition to the preparations for the ULTRA-S inspections, Sailors were given the opportunity to enjoy the attractions in the city of Mazatlan.

Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Kathryn Roe enjoyed her time in town.

“I know that we are very close to returning to San Diego, but anytime I can get off of the ship and soak in the local culture, I take full advantage of that,” Roe said.

Pearl Harbor departed their homeport of San Diego on March 28 and has circumnavigated South America as well as making visits to various nations in Central America in support of Partnership of the Americas.

Pearl Harbor detached from Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007 Task Group 40.0 Sept. 20 upon completion of POA. The task group consisted of dock landing ship Pearl Harbor, guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and Chilean frigate CS Almirante Latorre (FFG 14).

POA 2007 is a U.S. Naval Forces Southern command deployment focusing on is enhancing relationships with regional partner nations through a variety of exercises and events at sea and ashore throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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