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Kearsarge Sailors Ready to Train

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Story Number: NNS091009-07
Release Date: 10/9/2009 6:15:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Tate, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) began phase one of Crew Certification Oct. 1, in preparation to get underway this fall.

Crew Certification Phase One (CCPO) is an in-port event designed to ensure Kearsarge can safely get underway.
CCPO includes a major review of the ship's training program, a review of every qualification required, quarterly exams that test the crew's knowledge of both medical and damage control procedures, and rules of the road training.

"CCPO is mainly an administrative inspection to make sure the ship is ready to become operational once again," said Lt. Jeremy Ewing, training officer on board Kearsarge. "It includes getting watches certified, passing various level of knowledge exams, ensuring that satisfactory records are being kept of training held, and an internal review of all matters pertaining to safety."

The inspection, which will be conducted by commander, Amphibious Squadron 6, involves all departments on board and required months of preparation and coordination.

According to Kearsarge Navigator, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Reed, one of the key departments involved in CCPO is navigation, due to their vital role in coordinating the ship's movements.

"After being in the shipyard for approximately eight months, we need to ensure that people are qualified to stand quartermaster of the watch properly," said Reed.
"We've had to adapt to new technologies as well as keep up the overall proficiency for navigation."

Departments such as operations and command, control, communication, computers, calibration, and intelligence-defense use their own specialized training teams to ensure proficiency in specialized areas, such as watches in the Combat Information Center.

In order to meet the proper standards for Crew Certification, departments are required to reference the Surface Force Training Manual, which lays out what is required to achieve certification for each of their divisions.

"We are in the process of developing a schedule of events that meets the intent of the Surface Force Training Manual in addition to meeting our own internal standards," said Ewing. "It has required a lot of coordination across every department."

Kearsarge is currently in the final stages of a 10-month dry docked planned maintenance availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and will get underway this fall.



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