CPR5 Commander Visits USS Makin Island (LHD 8)
as New ISIC
By Lt. j.g. Ryan de Vera, Amphibious Squadron FIVE Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Capt. Pete Brennan, Commander, Amphibious Squadron FIVE (CPR5), visited USS Makin Island on September 30.
CPR5 assumed Immediate-Superior-In-Command (ISIC) responsibilities for USS Makin Island, the Navy’s newest Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, on September 15, completing the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (MKIARG), which also consists of USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Germantown (LSD 42).
“It’s a privilege to be the ISIC for Makin Island,” Brennan said. “It’s a fantastic warship with a great crew.”
Capt. Bob Kopas, Makin Island’s commanding officer, gave Brennan a tour of the ship, noting major differences, which included the engineering plant, staff spaces, the pilot house, and control tower. Kopas also explained to Brennan some of the ship’s improved capabilities, such as the reduced time required to conduct ballasting operations.
“Being able to ballast and de-ballast in twelve minutes is unbelievable,” Brennan responded. The CPR5 staff has been liaising with Makin Island and CPR3, Makin Island’s previous ISIC, for several weeks to ensure an efficient turnover.
“We’ll be extremely effective with our mission overall [with the addition of Makin Island to the amphibious ready group],” Brennan said.
On October 1, CPR5 relinquished control of USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) to CPR1, allowing the staff to focus on MKIARG operations.
“The [MKIARG] will continue through the maintenance period to groom the ships for their upcoming deployment,” Brennan said.
Makin Island will be commissioned on October 24 in San Diego, California. The MKIARG is set to deploy in the Summer of 2011.