SAN DIEGO - While preparing for an upcoming TYCOM and INSURV inspection, USS PREBLE (DDG 88) had the privilege of hosting nine Scientists to Sea during a two-day underway Jan. 8 and 9, 2013. The schedule included live demonstrations and opportunities to meet with PREBLE Sailors. As the world’s leading and most technologically advanced navy, the United States Navy is supported by not only the men and women in uniform, but also thousands of civilians who help to make it the preeminent fighting force in the world. On board PREBLE, the biggest force multiplier is in fact her Sailors—supported ashore by some of the Nation’s best and brightest scientists and engineers. Their research and project development help to keep the U.S. Navy on the cutting edge.
These men and women work directly with the industry and US Navy civilian workforce to design combat-ready equipment capable of sustaining normal operations at sea, as well as extended deployments around the globe. Though they take part in the development of the equipment, most have never embarked a ship to see their work put to use.
“I was surprised to see how well the systems integrated together and impressed by the knowledge base of the Sailors who operate them,” said Amanda George of SPAWAR.
While aboard, they witnessed the ship get underway, perform an anchoring evolution, deploy a RHIB (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat), run at full power for over an hour with high speed rudder swing checks, defend herself from a simulated missile attack during a detect-to-engage scenario, identify and engage a simulated undersea contact with the use of air slugs, the fire of live rounds from the 5” and 25mm gun mounts, replenishment at sea with a tanker, and finally pull back into port.
Despite all of the exciting live evolutions, the unanimous favorite element was the one-on-one time, simply talking to PREBLE Sailors.
“Illuminating! I am so impressed by the extensive knowledge and cross-expertise of everyone on the ship,” said Stanley Novak of Corona. His words were met with emphatic head nods of agreement from his colleagues. All participants felt extremely welcomed, always having a friendly face to guide them when they were lost or include them in the next activity.
TEAM PREBLE was excited at the opportunity to work with industry professionals who have such an impact on the development of naval technology.
“With so many events going on in our schedule, requiring our equipment and systems be put to use, there couldn’t have been a better time for this team of professionals to visit,” said Commanding Officer, CDR Kurt Sellerberg. “PREBLE Sailors have the utmost pride in what they do, and were thrilled to show our guests how the equipment they develop operates and how it fits into the greater Maritime Strategy as PREBLE prepares to deploy later this year. We are eager to have them back in the future.”