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Enterprise Completes Second Phase of Crew Certification

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090902-26
Release Date: 9/2/2009 4:44:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffrey Willadsen, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passed phase two of the Crew Certification Process (Crew Cert) Sept. 1 in preparation for getting the ship out of the shipyards and back underway.

The purpose of Crew Cert is to ensure the ship's Sailors are knowledgeable of the fundamentals of shipboard life and have a baseline level of knowledge that can be applied across all ratings.

"Crew Cert is designed to make sure that all hands can play their significant roles in getting this warship out of the yards and back into the fight where she belongs," said Chief Operations Specialist (SW/SS) Brian Wemmerus, Enterprise Training Department's leading chief petty officer.

The test is a series of examinations, both written and oral, designed to assess the crew's ability to fight and protect the ship. The topics vary widely but cover all aspects of the ship's daily and emergency functions, including maintenance, damage control, navigation, operations, and watchstanding.

Crew Cert consists of three phases, the first of which was completed in July. Phase two contains some of Crew Cert's most important segments including grading items such as developing the ship's training plans, watchstander interviews in a wide variety of positions, administrative audits of the Standard Organization and Regulations Manual, watch, quarter and station bill, rules of the nautical road testing for appropriate watchstanders, flight-deck handling procedures; and auxiliary engineering practices.

"Phase three is scheduled during fast cruise to test the ship's abilities in a simulated underway environment," said Wemmerus. "The whole purpose of the process is the gradual buildup of skill sets that are degraded by this time in the shipyard and to get everyone back up to speed."

The certification is geared toward ensuring that all Sailors are able to demonstrate their capability to respond to dangers in different scenarios.

"Crew Certification affects every Sailor aboard," said Wemmerus. "All Enterprise Sailors played a vital role in our success."

Enterprise is currently undergoing a maintenance period in the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard and training to maintain proficiency in preparation to return to the fleet.

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