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Kearsarge Excels at Navigation Inspection

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071010-19
Release Date: 10/10/2007 3:28:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jilleanne Buda, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea (NNS) -- Quartermasters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) underwent their biannual navigation check ride Sept. 20.

Inspectors from Amphibious Squadron 8 checked the proficiency and accuracy of navigational charts and logs. They also ensured Sailors who stand watch on the bridge received the proper training, used the proper equipment and held up-to-date qualifications for the job.

“Having accurate charts means you’re navigating properly and safely,” said Quartermaster 2nd Class Nichelle Paige. “Information from bearing takers, the master helmsman and navigation plotters is recorded with precision every day aboard Kearsarge. The navigation check ride ensures the process is absolutely correct.”

Before the inspection, the quartermasters prepare by reviewing the check ride procedure as set forth by Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic.

“We look over the checklist that the inspection team uses item by item and make sure we’re well prepared,” Senior Chief Quartermaster Victor Rivera explained. “It’s important that we do this to make sure our charts are up to date and that we’re navigating accurately on any ocean in the world.”

Kearsarge received an overall score of 95 out of a possible 100. The next inspection will be held in 2008.

Kearsarge is currently deployed in support of Maritime Security Operations.

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