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PCU George H.W. Bush Sailors Experience Mobile Damage Control Trainer

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071018-09
Release Date: 10/18/2007 6:22:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Susan Cornell, PCU George H. W. Bush Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) Sailors took part in damage control training with Afloat Training Group’s Atlantic (ATG) Mobile Damage Control Trainer “War Wagon” in Newport News, Oct. 12.

Throughout a two-week period, more than 400 Sailors have practiced pipe patching, plugging, and dewatering, in the mobile damage control wet trainer equipped with realistic ruptured piping, a sprung hatch, a damaged door and hundreds of gallons of water.

“What we want is for our Sailors to make mistakes in the simulator under a controlled environment," said Chief Warrant Officer, Roger Cooke, George H. W. Bush fire marshal. "From this they can learn and be able to apply the correct necessary measures during a real ship emergency should that occur.”

Upon arriving at the “War Wagon,” Sailors were provided a safety brief, given proper protective equipment and instructions and split into teams. Once inside the "flooding" compartment, Sailors assessed the damage, from worst to least, in order to minimize flooding.

Guidance was provided by the ATG staff throughout the evolution. ATG also provided feedback to the Sailors regarding their performance and their ability to work as a team.

“It was really good training. You actually have to do it first hand; it’s the only way to prepare for the real thing,” said training participant Hull Technician Fireman Robert Lara.

“I enjoy coming out to train Sailors in damage control and the opportunity to work with PCU Bush Sailors,” Damage Controlman Chief (SW/AW) Franklin Kauffman, ATG instructor.

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