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Navy's First Training Support Vessel Supports Maritime Strategy Capabilities

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090929-02
Release Date: 9/29/2009 12:38:00 PM

By Lt. Michael Widmann, Strike Forces Training Atlantic Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy's first training support vessel, TSV-1 Prevail, completed its American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) mandated 5-year docking inspection Aug. 20 at Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.

The availability was scheduled for 30 days and was completed on budget.

Prevail is utilized by Commander, Strike Forces Training Atlantic (CSFTL) during training exercises. It plays the role of opposition forces allowing Strike Groups to practice skills such as Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS).

"Prevail directly supports the maritime strategy by providing training tailored to real-world missions that deploying strike groups will face," said Wayne Gittelman, CSFTL's Mobile Sea Range Manager.

"By presenting realistic scenarios stressing MIOs, surface and air threats and electronic threat presentations, we expand deployed crew and vessel competency. As a result, we dramatically increase the deploying ship's ability to meet the core capabilities of maritime power and their ability to provide security, stability and sea power."

Prevail is crewed by 12 civilian professional mariners. During training exercises Naval Reservists augment the crew to ensure Prevail has a large enough crew to carry out training missions. The crew plays the part of pirates, smugglers or a variety of other roles to ensure the training received by the strike groups is as realistic as possible.

"We continue to change based on the feedback we get from the warfighters," said Gittelman regarding Prevail's role in training the fleet.

The dry dock availability was contracted and supervised by Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC). Repairs and maintenance included hull blasting and painting, piping repair, tank and void inspection and the installation of a new fathometer and speed log.

Prevail was also fitted with Intersleek underwater hull coating. Intersleek hull coating helps to reduce sea growth and improves fuel efficiency while preserving the environment.

"I'm proud my crew, working side-by-side with shipyard workers, was able to complete this availability on time with no accidents or injuries," said Capt. George Fleck, Master of TSV-1 Prevail.

"We're looking forward to getting back to sea and helping to train the Fleet."

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