PHILIPPINES, Puerto Princesa - USS Avenger (MCM 1) arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines on the 23rd of June for a port call where AVENGER Sailors will focus on preparations for upcoming inspections and mid-patrol upkeep.
Avenger Sailors have visited several destinations in the last few weeks, to include: Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Okinawa. “The ship needs a little TLC, said EM3 Jon Lugo, “She is our workhorse. We work the ship, you’ve got to take care of her.” The command, during this port visit, will focus on cleanliness and preservation. “We’re two-thirds of the way through our Spring Patrol… we need to reevaluate, regroup, and access where we are, and where we want to be.” said GMCS(SW) George O. Cumings, Command Senior Chief of USS AVENGER (MCM 1).
This port visit will not only be about “paint and preservation,” AVENGER’s leadership has laid plans for an extensive drilling schedule while in port Puerto Princesa. AVENGER’s Integrated Training Team Leader has written several drill packages for the crew. “I don’t think I’m going to be anybody’s favorite person during this port visit,” said LTJG Andrew J. Mew, AVENGER’s Training Officer and Integrated Training Team Coordinator, “we’ve got to push ourselves, and I’m going to be pushing the hardest.” The AVENGER crew is now preparing for ULTRA-C, the first major inspection since INSURV in April.
AVENGER will be conducting Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, Damage Control, Combat Systems, Medical, and Integrated Training Team drills while in port Puerto Princesa, Philippines. “We plan to secure, debrief, and place ourselves in another training team environment,” said ENS Marcus D. Cranford, AVENGER’s Operations Officer, “we’ve left almost no free space in the schedule, we have a goal… we will meet it.”
USS Avenger is visiting the Philippines during a patrol of the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.