YOKOSUKA, Japan - Sailors assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) began cross training with the Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Fire Department, Apr. 10.
The program is designed to maintain proficiency for joint damage control efforts, providing a valuable opportunity for the CFAY fire team to familiarize themselves with the ship’s damage control capabilities. In addition, Antietam Sailors were able to learn helpful firefighting techniques from the CFAY fire department.
More than 70 CFAY firefighters toured Antietam and worked together with the ship’s damage control division. The training was a rewarding and educational experience for everyone involved, said CFAY’s District Fire Chief.
“This cross training is very educational us, and it is a great opportunity to build relationships with our ‘shipmates’ aboard Antietam,” said Yoshinobu Arai, CFAY district fire chief. “This bond will help us greatly to prepare for any emergencies.”
Many Antietam Sailors were grateful for the opportunity to train with their Japanese counterparts.
“This training better prepares us to combat a casualty in the event that we need assistance,” said Lt.j.g. Jay English, Atietam’s damage control assistant. “I am extremely grateful for the CFAY Fire Dept. for coming out here and working with us. I think this training will prove valuable for both parties, and I feel safer already knowing that there are others ready to help.”