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TR Security Evaluates Force Protection

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080321-11
Release Date: 3/21/2008 1:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy Freehling, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) Sailors currently working in security will be busy practicing their skills and looking to improve the ship's protection during this underway period which began March 17.

Since TR left Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), security has focused on training new personnel with the techniques that would be needed if the ship encountered a hostile situation. Sailors would turn to security and these new skills to protect both the crew and the ship from possible harm.

While underway, security will be teaching 24 new Sailors techniques that are required for them to be certified for security.

"The ship's underway schedule is very busy from now [until] deployment, which means the demand for a well trained security force is needed," said Master at Arms 1st class (AW) Daniel Arroyo, leading petty officer for security. "This need is the reason why we are training these Sailors as soon as possible."

The course covers topics from vehicle and personnel inspections to tactical team movements and take-downs.

"This is a very long and intensive course that these Sailors will be taking," said Arroyo. "Making sure security personnel know these concepts is critical for the ship's protection."

Sailors will be tested physically and mentally during this training. Weapons firing, wearing the proper gear, assessing situations and making quick decisions are all covered during the course.

"It is difficult for new personnel sometimes to adjust to the situations that security must deal with," said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Ken Barriere. "Most of the situations happen very quickly and are dangerous and you must make the right decision in an instant."

To help make sure TR's security team is well prepared for any situation, a force protection evaluation team will be observing and judging how security conducts both daily and special operations.

Daily operations include watchstanders standing proper guard, knowledge of shipboard procedures and patrolling spaces. These daily duties act as a deterrent to possible individuals who wish to cause harm to the ship and crew.

Special operations involve circumstances that require immediate attention by security personnel. Intruders, hostage situations, bomb alerts and small boat warnings are events in which all of security must work together.

"Special operations are a main focus of security because it involves everyone to come together as a team so we can neutralize the situation," said Arroyo.

Security's ability to work as a team and respond to the situation as quickly as possible is a major area that will be evaluated by the force protection team.

This concentration on team effort goes beyond just security. All Sailors on TR can help make security's job easier by listening to 1MC announcements about security alerts and standing fast when told to do so.

"Our main priority in security is the safety of TR's crew and equipment," said Barriere. "By working as a team we can overcome any situation that might happen, so all Sailors can return home safely."

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