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Enterprise Intensifies General Quarters Training

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Story Number: NNS090903-24
Release Date: 9/3/2009 8:52:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The crew of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) participated in a General Quarters (GQ) drill Sept. 3 after months of rigorous training and preparation for getting the "Big E" out of the shipyards and back to sea.

The scenario simulated an attack by enemy forces and tested Enterprise Sailors in a wide variety of skills, including firefighting, smoke and flooding control, and medical emergencies. Simulated missile hits and live, fire-hose training were utilized to make the drill as realistic as possible to an actual attack while on deployment.

"It's important that our Sailors are well trained, so when we come up against a real-life emergency at sea, they can react quickly and keep this great warship afloat and functioning," said Damage Controlman 3rd Class John Winingham, a damage control instructor.

During the scenario, two mock missiles hit the ship, and required the efforts of all hands to control the damage. Fire teams donned full firefighting gear to preserve the realism of the exercise.

Training also focused on the role of stretcher-bearers during the scenario. Basic lifesaving training (BLS) was given in the ship's Medical department to ensure that Sailors knew how to do this job correctly and efficiently in a real situation.

"In the case of a real casualty underway, it's the responsibility of every Sailor to preserve the life of their shipmate," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Lilana Quiceno, a BLS training instructor. "This training teaches them how to do that."

Basic first aid and CPR were covered during the training. It is important that stretcher-bearers have these skills, since they are often the first responders to a casualty, said Quiceno.

Enterprise has conducted GQ training every week for the last few months. This training scenario was especially meticulous in anticipation of the ship ultimately leaving the yards.

"Training is what makes us excellent at what we do," said Winingham. "We will be ready to get back to the fight."

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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