The crew of USS Ford (FFG 54) did not skip a beat when they hit the ground running Jan. 22 as the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate headed into the Puget Sound to stretch her sea legs. This included helicopter operations training with the 4th Battalion, 106th Special Operations Aviation regiment based at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and other numerous training exercises to increase crew proficiency.
To prepare for her underway, Ford completed crew certification and a fast cruise to verify the necessary equipment to get underway, while utilizing the Naval Station Everett ship simulator to train a handful of Ford’s junior officers and helmsmen. After successfully working with the Pacific Northwest Afloat Training Group, the ship got underway.
At sea, the crew conducted various training such as man overboard, integrated training team, and helicopter crash on deck drills, anti-submarine warfare exercises, as well as helicopter operations with the Army Blackhawk squadron,. Though the underway was scheduled with many events, Ford’s crew was able to readapt quickly to life at sea and took advantage of training opportunities.
Ford wraps up the month with a Safety Survey and Aviation Certification. Though Ford will be entering into a maintenance period for the month of February, her crew will continue to make use of the time with training to prepare them for the upcoming underway time later this spring.