The crew trained on components including main and auxiliary turbine generators, propulsion motors and drives, dynamic braking resistors, auxiliary control panels, and high-voltage switchboards. They also spent time working with harmonic filters, neutral ground resistors, the Integrated Fight-Through Power System (IFTP), power conversion modules, and the emergency diesel generator.
Equipment operation was conducted at the local control level, as well as the remote supervisory Engineering Control System (ECS). The ECS system provides a significant advancement in machinery control with automation for system transitions and power management to support the reduced manning concept for DDG 1000.
“The systems of the DDG 1000 are totally different than any other ship I’ve been on,” said Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Donald Goldsberry, who has served tours on four other ships. “Up to this point it’s been all classroom training, so I’m enjoying getting the hands on experience. When you can touch it and operate it with your own two hands you get a better understanding of the equipment.”
The DDG 1000 ship class utilizes a smaller crew size, therefore cross-training and inter-division support was an integral part of the training program developed by NSWCCD-SSES engineers, Naval Sea Systems Command Program Office PMS 500L, and Bath Iron Works (BIW).
“You have some top notch folks engineers here,” said Lt. j.g. Jesse W. Packard, from Union, Maine. “They are great teachers. Ask them any question and they have the answer. They are a great wealth of knowledge.”
“The engineers training us are very knowledgeable,” said Machinist Mate 3rd Class Juan Torres from Houston, Texas. “I’ve learned more in just a few days of training here than I ever did in the classroom.”
The crew divided into two training groups. Each group trained for three weeks. Week one included equipment familiarization; review of electrical, mechanical and controls related to the technical manuals; and initial operation of equipment. Week two focused on remote operation with engineering control systems (ECS). Week three concentrated on equipment maintenance, local troubleshooting exercises, and borescope inspection of the MT-30 gas turbine engine.
“It’s extremely important to have the knowledge of the ship’s capabilities and limitations,” said Lt. John Weaver, the ship’s weapons officer. “Our operators need to have an understanding of the procedures and maintenance of the ship.”
Harvey said the goal is to transfer as much equipment knowledge, experience and lessons learned from his team of engineers to the crew so they are ready to handle any situations that might arise when they set sail.
The LBTS test team, who conducted the training, is comprised of engineers and technicians from various NSWCCD-SSES branches. –They are Joe Kingsley and Jack Goodwin from Auxiliary Ships/Acquisition Support Branch; Kevin McMaster, Neil Hiller, Kosmas Yiantsos, and Tom Liolios from Advanced Electrical Power Systems Branch; Pat Kane from 2S Cog/Gas Turbine Life Cycle Support Branch; Carl Rosenbusch from Machinery Information Systems Technology Branch; and Joseph DiStefano, Charles Clapp and Jim Pensabene from Major Programs Branch.
“We developed a series of exercises that each crew member can perform independently at their own pace to learn the local operating screens and controls,” said Harvey. “The operational portion, coupled with the inspections of each piece of equipment appears to have provided a good mix to maintain the training tempo.”
The crew will continue to interact with the engineers at NSWCCD-SSES through shipboard activation, pier side testing and underway trials.
“It is a real honor to be one of the first Sailors on the DDG 1000,” said Lt. j.g. Andrew Bankhead, antisubmarine warfare officer from Portland, Ore. “It is a great opportunity to be on the production side – learning about the ship and the people behind the ship.”
The Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia is a major component of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It is the Navy's principal test and evaluation station and in-service engineering agent for all hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems and equipment and has the capability to test and engineer the full range of shipboard systems and equipment from full-scale propulsion systems to digital controls and electric power systems.