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Stennis Receives an Outstanding in FEP

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Story Number: NNS080621-04
Release Date: 6/21/2008 8:24:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathen E. Davis, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- USS John C. Stennis received an outstanding score on its Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) June 16 when the crew demonstrated it could defend the ship and take care of combat casualties in multiple, complex scenarios.

During FEP, a two-day, graded event, trainers test ships' abilities to conduct combat missions, survive complex casualties and sustain support functions.

"Stennis hit this one out of the park! The crew set their sights on FEP, with minimal preparation time and achieved a record score that will be extremely hard to beat," said Stennis executive officer Cmdr. David Burnham.

"This crew crushed every FEP score in recent carrier fleet history."

Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific, embarked as trainers and evaluators, scrutinized Stennis' abilities since it departed San Diego, May 26.

"The John C. Stennis crew was evaluated on their ability to perform operationally and their ability to survive at sea," said ATG Team Leader Lt. Regina Rogers. "The crew is trained and prepared to respond to any casualty, in the event it comes their way."

To ratchet things up even more, ATG introduced FEP's Total Ship Survivability Exercise (TSSE). At the peak of simulated casualties and related stress-inducing situations, ATG wanted to determine if Stennis had the ability to survive and recover from significant battle damage.

TSSE combined cumulative "casualties" to deliver life-like scenarios to Stennis. General quarters (GQ), at-sea fire party and medical drills tested and improved Sailors' skills.

Leaders say that just like each link in an anchor's chain must be strong, FEP and TSSE demanded strong performances from Stennis' individual teams and departments.

Trainers evaluated the at-sea fire party on its knowledge of equipment used, its abilities to combat fires and how it provided assistance to personnel casualties. The Sailors' who operate in repair lockers demonstrated their damage control skills and first-aid knowledge.

Stennis' Medical Department assisted the "wounded" during mass casualty drills in the hangar bays and in repair lockers during the evaluation. Combat Systems Department conducted equipment casualty scenarios on systems like radar, communications and navigation. Operations Department created a simulated hostile environment to test Stennis' ability to defend against missile, small boat and enemy aircraft attacks. Weapons Department was assessed on proper procedures of using the .50-caliber guns gun, rules of engagement and communication.

Stennis Combat Direction Center Officer and Integrated Training Team Coordinator Cmdr. Brian Albro attributed the success of FEP to every Sailor's skill and knowledge demonstrated during the event.

"I'm always impressed with the crew of John C. Stennis, how we come together and work as a team," said Albro. "When new challenges were piled on by the training teams, the crew stepped up and performed. You can see it across all the GQs we have done; their performance has increased and continues to be superb."

FEP is part of the Navy's commitment to maintain warfighting readiness and to develop its Sailors, essential elements of America's maritime strategy. The successful completion of FEP shows that Stennis has the solid foundation of unit-level operating proficiency needed to support U.S. interests at home and abroad.

For more news from USS John C. Stennis, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn74/.

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