SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - August 9, 2013 - USS Vandegrift volunteered to host the current class of Basic Indoctrination for Junior Officers just entering the fleet. The topic for their visit was a hands-on lab covering different components of shipboard deck evolutions. Lt.
Cushanick led the group of twenty Junior Officers.
"All of the deck evolutions are inherently dangerous;" explained Chief Boatswains Mate Denys A. Garcia, "all of our evolutions require our Sailors to maintain utmost precaution in order for us to operate efficiently; but most important, safely."
BMC Garcia began with an explanation of helicopter operations on USS Vandegrift's flight deck. Boatswains Mate Second Class Tony Rossi and Seaman Corey S. Piper demonstrated to the group how to properly don a Hot Man suit. A Hot Man suit is used primarily to pull a wounded pilot out of a burning aircraft in the event the helicopter crashes on the flight deck.
"This is an opportunity for the new Junior Officers to get hands on general deck knowledge training regardless of their future positions on their own ships," commented USS Vandegrift's Operations Officer Lt.
The Basic Indoctrination class covered the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat evolutions by witnessing the boat being lowered to the water. They also received anchoring, proper line handling, and at-sea replenishment instruction. "My hope is that this class can take these lessons we are providing them today, and carry on to their own ships a little bit wiser than they were before," said BMC Garcia.
USS Vandegrift is currently stationed at Naval Base San Diego and is in the basic phase of training.