USS Germantown Conducts Stern Gate Marriage
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180113-N-XT039-055 SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 18, 2018) Sailors of USS Germantown (LSD 42) provide support to accomplish a sterngate marriage with a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) as part of a qualifying evolution for the ship's amphibious certification. Germantown is undergoing a series of certification events as the ship prepares to complete a year-plus maintenance period. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Nicolas Mahone / Released)

SASEBO, Japan - USS Germantown (LSD 42) conducted a stern gate marriage with a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vehicle from Navy Beach Unit 7 (NBU-7) as part of her certifying events on Jan. 18.

Members of LCU 1631 participated in the training event which included Well Deck Cargo Handling. This was the first amphibious operation for Germantown in over 14 months following a Drydock Ship Restricted Availability (DSRA). Germantown successfully completed the event, and was able to continue to the next phase of the certification cycle – well on her way to becoming a deployable asset in the Pacific Theater.

“This was a great training evolution for our crew,” said Lt Desmond Stapleton, the ship’s First Lieutenant. “Deck department has over 75% turn over since last float, and I am excited with how everything is going so far. I know we are up for all the challenges to come.”

Germantown is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11 and is in the final phase of a Ship Restricted Availability in Sasebo, Japan.

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