Gridley Powers through Damage Control Certification
By Ensign Emerson T. Wahl, USS GRIDLEY Public Affairs Officer
SAN DIEGO - The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) achieved success in yet another element of their intense, compressed Basic Phase training cycle by successfully completing a rigorous damage control assessment, March 7.
Several months of arduous training culminated March 7 when Gridley successfully completed two consecutive weeks of intense drills. In the final week alone, Gridley Sailors completed 28 complex damage control drills.
Unlike most other elements of the Basic Phase, the MOB-D (or damage control) certification involves every Sailor on board. As manning for auxiliary repair lockers is derived from operations and supply departments, the importance of cooperation and coordination between different departments on the ship was reinforced and resulted in a true team effort.
During the training cycle, Gridley Sailors faced and overcame simulated casualties including fire, flooding and toxic gas environments. Each type of emergency warranted a different response and Sailors needed to be intimately familiar with the implications and risks of each specific casualty.
Thanks to valuable training from Gridley’s Damage Control Training Team, Sailors were ready and eager to respond to each of the 28 emergency scenarios.
Gridley is in the Basic Phase of pre-deployment preparation. The crew continues to strive for success during inspections and training requirements still remaining between now and the upcoming deployment.
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