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Truman Completes Tailored Ship's Training Availability/FEP

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121025-04

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Taylor DiMartino, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed its tailored ship's training availability (TSTA) and a successful final evaluation problem (FEP) assessment Oct. 24.

TSTA is designed to prepare the ship and crew for full integration into a carrier strike group, and FEP is its final, graded exercise. A wide range of mission-critical operations were assessed during FEP by Afloat Training Group (ATG) Atlantic.

Sailors and Marines were tested on their level of knowledge and proficiency in areas such as damage control, engineering, seamanship and navigation, combat systems, and medical readiness.

Scores, which were represented as final percentages, were given to each evaluated area involved in FEP and represented the skills displayed by Sailors and Marines during evolutions such as mass casualty drills, general quarters drills, and aircraft crash and fire drills. Every area scored above 90 percent, which resulted in an overall 'outstanding' grade for Truman.

"Every member of every training team fully embraced their training responsibilities," said Truman's commanding officer, Capt. S. Robert Roth. "We have made tremendous progress in a compressed training cycle, and the outstanding scores are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the Sailors and Marines."

According to Senior Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Claude Henderson, ATG Atlantic's carrier team lead, Truman's outstanding FEP scores certify it as a mission-ready carrier and crew. He said he was impressed with the high rate of training among junior Sailors and Marines on many systems new to Truman.

"Sailors and Marines need to be taught what to expect as they serve aboard a carrier," said Henderson. "We came aboard to make sure the fundamentals of shipboard survivability are being taught. A crew may never know what will happen on a deployment and we needed to make sure they were ready."

Henderson said Truman's Sailors and Marines were motivated during the FEP assessment and displayed pride and a hard work ethic across every evolution. He said damage control, combat systems and air department evolutions were among the best he saw during Truman's FEP.

"A carrier's crew can't get an 'outstanding' unless its members know what they are doing and are doing those things correctly," said Henderson. "These are some of the highest scores I've ever seen and it's impressive that Truman is able to come out of an extended docking planned incremental availability in the shipyard and show such proficiency so quickly."

Cmdr. John Sipes, ATG Atlantic's training liaison officer, said Truman's leadership was focused and maintained the right attitude to motivate the rest of the crew.

"Sailors and Marines will understand the importance of drills if the captain dons a gas mask and flash gear and the executive officer tours spaces, verifying material condition readiness with the damage control training team," said Sipes. "When it starts at the top with the utmost levels of commitment, the crew will appreciate the gravity of the situation and commit all their focus to the cause. This is what I saw aboard Truman."

Though the TSTA and FEP are complete, Roth said Truman's crew will continue to prepare for their upcoming deployment.

"We are not finished training," said Roth. "This recent TSTA and FEP training is just the beginning of what we know will be a focused and intense building of our combat capabilities. We will have to be at our best when the stakes are highest, and we fully expect to be tested during deployment. I am certain we will be ready."

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