– Two Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Detachment (PCD) San Diego (LPD 22) graduated Search and Rescue (SAR) Swimmer training June 10.
Information Systems Technician Seaman Landon Green, from Trimble, Mo., and Yeoman Seaman Thomas Meriwether, from Dallas, Texas, successfully completed the Surface Rescue Course Category 1, a four-week course focused on basic life-saving procedures and equipment. Every ship is required to have two qualified SAR swimmers on board before they get underway, making them mission essential. Their intense training prepares them for the challenges they will face when deploying from a surface ship to rescue people at sea.
“It was a hard school, but the rewards are well worth it,” said Green.
SAR training is intense, physically and emotionally, leading to a frequently high attrition rate. Green and Meriwether began their course with 27 other trainees. Only a total of 14 graduated.
“It was hard and grueling, but my efforts and persistence paid off,” said Meriwether. “It was a great experience. Qualifying for SAR was a personal goal and I look forward to serving the ship in this important role.”
Precommissioning Unit (PCU) San Diego, currently completing construction in Pascagoula, Miss., is the fourth ship named for the city and the sixth ship in the San Antonio class. PCU San Diego is scheduled for commissioning in its namesake city in the spring of 2012.
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