SAN DIEGO – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) returned to homeport Naval Base San Diego June 8 after successfully completing sea trials since departing BAE Systems shipyard.
Green Bay has little time to prepare for a scheduled deployment coming this fall. The crew will focus and work hard in getting the ship ready for mission.
“A standard deployment cycle normally lasts two years with a four month yard period. This ship has 11½ months with an eight month yard period that gives about 3½ to prepare for deployment,” said Commanding Officer Cmdr. Putnam H. Browne. “The way we’re going to do that is with strict procedural compliance, level of knowledge, questioning attitude, formal communication, watch team back up, integrity and operational risk management.”
During the sea trials, Green Bay’s crew conducted precision anchoring, rapid ballast tests, flight quarters, engineering evolutions, underway replenishment and other evolutions designed to test the ship’s capabilities for upcoming certifications.
“For the last seven months, we have been concentrating on maintenance with a side of training,” Browne said. “Now as we are breaking free of the yards, we are emphasizing training with a focus on future operations. These training will roll very quickly into deployment without time for ‘redos’ (sic), we must maintain our focus.”
The three day fast cruise prior to the sea trials, mentally-prepared the crew for the many evolutions ahead of them at sea.
“It’s nice not have the restrictions of the shipyard,” said Ens. Tim Hetteberg.
“I didn’t see any problems during the sea trials, I think we worked together pretty well, but we can always communicate better.”
With a new ship, there is also a new crew. The trails tested its mettle as well as the ship’s systems.
“We have a lot of new personnel, but we did a very good job with the minimal time we had to prepare,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class (SW) Hector Najera.
The week of sea trials ended with frocking newly-advanced petty officers on the flight deck before pulling back into port.
Green Bay joins amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and amphibious transport dock USS Rushmore (LPD 47) to create the Peleliu Amphibious Readiness Group, commanded by Amphibious Squadron Three, for training and deployment.