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Bulkeley: Mission Readiness Through Excellence

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080311-18
Release Date: 3/11/2008 2:47:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class David Wyscaver, Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group Public Affairs

USS BULKELEY, At Sea (NNS) -- Two weeks into its 2008 deployment, an unparalleled work ethic and dedication to achievement are showing why the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) is an important asset to the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (NAS ESG).

Every U.S. naval vessel has outlined objectives when it comes to the definition of mission success. Whether it is effectively executing the tenets of Maritime Security Operations (MSO), providing air support capabilities, or assisting in humanitarian assistance operations, all depends on the dynamics and make-up of each particular ship and her crew.

In order to achieve these essential goals, it's important for each vessel to be prepared to handle the most critical of situations by understanding and utilizing its assets at all times.

"We're a guided-missile destroyer who's capable of producing firepower from our five-inch guns, Tomahawk and standard missiles. We actually have our own means of self-defense as far as anti-submarine warfare that's extended by our flight deck and helo capability," said Bulkeley's Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Jeffrey L. Henry.

"This is one of the most technologically advanced warships in the world," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Desmond, combat systems officer weapons officer and senior watch officer on board Bulkeley. "This Arleigh-Burke class destroyer has a wealth of cutting-edge technology, which includes strike warfare, air defense, and surface and gunnery support capabilities. Our spy radar system is the most advanced in the world."

While currently deployed, Bulkeley and NAS ESG have many responsibilities and tasks when it comes to mission objectives. To ensure these duties are carried out with a high level of effectiveness, Bulkeley and its array of resources has put emphasis on mission readiness.

"All of our capabilities are critical for the mission readiness of NASSG. We are the Air Defense Commander for the strike group and are responsible for ensuring all of assets are under our protection and are able to execute the outlined objectives," said Desmond.

The execution and success of each task that Bulkeley and all other ships in the fleet undertakes depends highly upon the work ethic and dedication put forward by the crew.

"Everybody, regardless of department or division, looks out for each other. The welfare of Sailors and teamwork of our Sailors is amazing and it's truly unique to see that in action all of the time," said Capt. Rick Cheeseman, Bulkeley commanding officer.

Henry said, "The crew is well-trained. We've spent a lot of underway time in preparation for this deployment and they take much pride in what they do."

Desmond added, "Every Sailor on board this ship has a firm grasp and understanding of what their responsibilities are and how critical it is for each of them to carry out their duties. I'm humbled every day to work with the most intelligent, hard-working, motivated not only Sailors but people in the world."

In order to ensure the future success of Bulkeley and to continue to ensure mission accomplishment, an emphasis has been put on each Sailor's personal development.

"I want to make sure we continue to improve out Sailors professional skills while conducting our missions," Cheeseman added. "Whether it's [Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist] pins, advancement qualifications, or extra watch stations we want to make sure we develop Sailors to take over their next assignment."

As NAS ESG continues to carry out their deployment of conducting MSO in the Navy's 6th Fleet, Bulkeley continues to make the strike group more dynamic, unique and ready to handle any situations that may rise with its diverse capabilities.

For more news from Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/esg8/.



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