SINGAPORE - USS Cowpens (CG 63) crew members completed 128 lagging jobs, as well as repairs on several roller chocks and a fuel tank during the ship's nine-day port visit in Singapore at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, Feb. 9.
"I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish," said USS Cowpens Commanding Officer Capt. Robert Marin. "We were able to maximize duty section involvement, supervise and engage on every job we set out to do, and yet ensure the crew got a fun break during certain days for liberty."
Lagging is a form of insulation found throughout the ship to help prevent condensation, mold, mildew and improper heat transfer.
"The importance of lagging should not be underestimated," said Lt. Cmdr. Will Chambers, USS Cowpens executive officer. "It makes a tremendous difference in some of the day-to-day things we do. It keeps the cool things cool, and the hot things hot."
Mark Moehlenbruck, USS Cowpens port engineer, said Changi Naval Base is a good place to conduct and complete lagging jobs.
"Singapore is a great alternative for getting lots of smaller repairs done in a short time frame," Moehlenbruck said.
During Cowpens' port visit in Singapore, the crew members also gave staff members from the Singapore International Community School (ICS) a tour of the ship. ICS is a local Christian school that has students from more than 25 countries, with the majority from the U.S., Republic of Korea and Indonesia.
"This new understanding of the Navy culture will help us better meet the needs of many of our students," said Gretchen Schlie, ICS principal.
Cowpens is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, as part of the USS George Washington Strike Group and is currently on patrol for independent steaming and training operations.