USS MILIUS, At Sea
– Repair division Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) are hard at work keeping the ship fully operational by conducting routine damage control (DC) training, drills and completing planned maintenance throughout the ship.
The Repair division is one of three divisions in the Engineering department that is split into four separate work centers: ER01, ER03, ER04 and ER09.
Hull Maintenance Technicians make up the ER01 work center. They are responsible for conducting a wide variety of repair work, from welding, fabricating and brazing to the forming of pipes and metal work. Work center ER03 uses lathes and milling machinery to make custom parts.
“My shop enjoys the challenge of fabricating parts from metal and wood to fix the equipment throughout the ship,” said Hull Technician 1st Class Michael Ribeiro.
One of the most important work centers on the entire ship is ER04, the DC division. Damage Controlmen are the heart and soul of the ship’s
ability to fight fires, repair damage to the ship, and perform maintenance on fire fighting systems and equipment.
“As a Damage Controlman, I take great pride in my job,” said Damage Controlman 3rd Class Chad Sais. “When I conduct maintenance on equipment, I have full confidence that anyone can use that equipment to fight and save the ship.”
The final work center in Repair Division is ER09. Each division on the ship is responsible for providing two personnel to the ER09 work center to be a damage control petty officer (DCPO). DCPOs are tasked with conducting planned and corrective maintenance on water tight doors, hatches, and scuttles through out the ship.
“Ultimately, without an effective and efficient Repair division, the ship would not be able to minimize the spread of damage after an attack,” said Chief Damage Controlman Lisa Jack. “By conducting regular maintenance and repairs, the division keeps Milius in top shape, ready to face whatever mission she may be tasked with.”
Milius is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.