Damage Control Petty Officers Recognized After Successful 3M Certification
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – The Damage Control Petty Officers (DCPOs) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for their outstanding results during completion of Lassen’s 3M Certification in October 2010.
The DCPOs successfully completed over 50 maintenance spot checks with Afloat Training Group (ATG) inspectors, contributing to engineering department’s 3M Certification score of 93.38%. Lassen received an overall score of 93.46%.
“I am so proud of each and every one of my sailors,” said Chief Damage Controlman David R. Shaft. “All their hard work leading up to 3M Certification has really paid off.”
All departments contribute to the DCPO program, a tour that lasts anywhere from six to nine months and can be very demanding in addition to other duties the sailor may have.
“I love being a DCPO,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Sean Wojtas. “I love working with tools and it is very fulfilling managing the damage control equipment, helping to keep the ship safe.”
Lassen is currently undergoing Ship’s Repair Activity (SRA) where the DCPOs are hard at work maintaining damage control equipment. USS Lassen is assigned to DESRON 15 and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.