USS PEARL HARBOR, At sea
- Fifteen new crew members checked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) during the ship's port visit to Singapore, Dec. 23-27.
The Sailors are the first large group of new personnel to arrive on the ship since the beginning of current deployment.
The first step for the new crew members was to attend the command indoctrination class (INDOC) that kicked off the day the ship pulled out of Singapore.
Chief Navy Career Counselor Eduardo Meneses, Pearl Harbor's Command Career Counselor, oversees the Pearl Harbor INDOC program and said it's an important introduction to the ship.
"Command INDOC gives the participants a preview of what the expectations of the command are," said Meneses. "The biggest thing is that both junior and senior Sailors are welcomed to the command."
The week-long course is broken down into three sections; administrative, ship familiarization and rules and regulations.
Meneses said that the administrative section takes up the first two days. Sailors check-in to the various departments on the ship and are familiarized with its mission and capabilities.
The next phase involves the junior Sailors and those who have never served aboard a U.S. Navy ship.
"We do three days of basic damage control training," said Meneses. "At the end of those three days, they will be qualified as a basic damage controlman."
Meneses said the final two days cover general rules and regulations, introductions to shipboard life and E-5 and below training required for retention.
Menses said that the goal of the INDOC program is to give newly reporting Sailors the tools they need to have a successful tour aboard Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor, amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
The Makin Island ARG deployed from San Diego Nov. 14, and is currently supporting the nation's maritime strategy in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
The mission of the Makin Island ARG is to help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and provide humanitarian/disaster response as well as supporting the nation's maritime strategy when forward deployed.
The 7th Fleet AOR includes more than 52 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian oceans, stretching from the international date line to the east coast of Africa, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south.
More than half of the world's population lives within the 7th Fleet AOR. In addition, more than 80 percent of that population lives within 500 miles of the oceans, which means this is an inherently maritime region.