March has proven to be an extremely successful month for the crew members of USS FORD. Over the course of four weeks, FORD has been able to accomplish an action packed underway, Readiness Assessment, and Limited Training Team visit. Though this is only the third month of the year, FORD crew has proven that time both in-port and underway can be maximized to its fullest extent.
After nearly a month in homeport Everett for a maintenance availability, FORD took to the Puget Sound to train and her crew pushed through a dynamic schedule filled with multiple shipboard events where she welcomed temporary crew members from both USS NIMITZ and USS RODNEY M. DAVIS. Within hours of taking in her lines, FORD executed an anchorage south of Whidbey Island with great precision that would set the tone for the remaining days out at sea in the Puget Sound area. With cooperative weather, FORD’s Surface Sonar Technicians worked alongside her Operations Specialists to conduct Anti-Submarine warfare exercises to further develop proficiency for FORD’s junior Officers and Combat Information Center watchstanders. Additionally, FORD’s Cryptologic Technicians successfully completed testing of their systems and gear for the second time in a row. Additionally, FORD conducted an emergent anchorage in order to make engineering repairs and through the hard work of her Electricians Mates, was able to complete the underway without incident.
Upon return to homeport, FORD continued her Readiness Assessment which included a thorough administrative review of FORD’s Engineering Department as well as Limited Training Team time with the Pacific Northwest Afloat Training Group. FORD’s crew has worked vigilantly since November to prepare for the assessment and has yet again proven that they can take on any challenge and exceed expectations.
All in all, March has been quite busy for the crew of FORD, but they continue to stay motivated to complete any task assigned to them.