In-Port Drills Keep CHOSIN Sustainable
By Daron Weber, ENS, SC, Public Affairs Officer
PEARL HARBOR – Though not underway, CHOSIN keeps the focus of its crew on sustainable operations by conducting in-port drills that simulate real world crises and critical scenarios.
“The fact is, when the real event happens, you will perform like you practice,” said CHOSIN’s Training Officer, Lieutenant Justin McShane. “Watch standers, leaders, and role players need to remain sharp in all shipboard areas because anything can happen at any given time.”
The ship conducts drills in basic fire and flooding, mass casualty, anti-terrorism, force protection, medical, and combat systems. CHOSIN’s leadership believes that the key to maintaining a high standard of operational readiness is foundational – with practice, practice, practice.
“We’ve seen too many times throughout the fleet that the main causes for catastrophes are complacency and lack of training,” said War Dragon’s Chief Engineer and Senior Watch Officer, Sean Lewis. “We cannot and will not let this ship fall victim to those preventable causes.”
“This is not an ordinary ship,” insisted Lewis. “We have gone through nearly a year of highly successful operational underway time and that is primarily because we hold ourselves to elevated expectations, expectations above that of the typical ship on the waterfront.”
War Dragon is currently in-port Pearl Harbor undergoing routine maintenance.