By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek Stroop, USS Peleliu Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in a series of anti-terrorism and force protection training scenarios aboard Naval Base San Diego, July 17.
The training scenarios assessed and evaluated Peleliu's force protection plan as it carries out security protocol exercises.
"The security team is geared up and ready to operate as a well-oiled machine," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jose Cortez, one of the exercise overseers. "The team will walk through security scenarios, improving reaction times to crisis situations."
The training exercise is an important component to keeping Peleliu safe. During the exercise, the security team participated in nine real-world scenarios and implications. These circumstances and drills simulated events such as mass casualties, rioters on the pier, bomb threats, small boat attacks and hostage situations.
"The scenarios help us maximize shipboard readiness and security," said Yeoman 3rd Class Nicholas Jones, a member of the security team. "They keep us ready to deal with real scenarios that can happen when we deploy."
As part of a series of training phases, this set tested the ship's forces in concert with the other ships within the group: USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20). The three ships reacted to individual and group threats simulated at their assigned piers and to Naval Station San Diego.