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Carl Vinson Ramps up Damage Control Training

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080617-10
Release Date: 6/17/2008 4:04:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Philip Schrickel, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are stepped up the intensity of shipboard drills during the month of June as the aircraft carrier prepares for its crew move aboard evolution later this summer.

The drills are part of a command-wide effort to ensure the crew is prepared to respond to emergencies that can occur in an operational environment. Thus far, Carl Vinson DCTT members are pleased with the progress the crew is making with their transition back to life aboard ship.

"There is a night and day difference in the abilities of our in-port emergency team (IPET) as compared to just a couple of months ago," said Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW/SW) Bill Cross.

"I was most proud of IPET when we recently had an actual casualty and the team performed flawlessly."

Members of Carl Vinson's DCTT are taking a comprehensive approach to their training, ensuring that every crew member on board has enough knowledge in damage control fundamentals to properly respond to emergencies.

"By regimenting our damage control training, our fire teams, our duty sections, and the members of our security force, we are developing and improving on basic skill sets crew members will need to protect this ship when we start getting underway," said Cross.

"Our Sailors must understand that everyone plays a crucial role in damage control and responding to shipboard emergencies."

To sustain readiness across the ship, DCTT members also realize that basic skill sets can be lost without implementing repetition in their drill scenarios. That's why leaders aboard the aircraft carrier are increasing the intensity and frequency of drills, with the goal of keeping damage control at the forefront of each Sailor's daily routine.

"Damage control is the responsibility of all hands, a fire or flooding could occur anytime and a member of the crew might be the first to discover it and have to take initial actions to combat the casualty," said Master Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) David Burnham, who leads the DCTT effort. "A proficient level of knowledge in damage control will help ensure our ship can accomplish its mission at sea."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.

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