SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Forces visited the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) at the Continental Maritime San Diego (CMSD) Shipyard, Jan. 21, to check on the ship’s progress during an Extended Docking Period Maintenance Availability (EDPMA).
The nature of Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden’s visit was to get a better understanding of Pearl Harbor’s status during the mid-life upgrade, to communicate his priorities during the availability, and to hear from the Sailors on board the ship.
Rowden began his visit with command leadership before sitting down with the wardroom. After a spot promotion of the new chief engineer, Lt. Cmdr. Nellie Wang, and a surface warfare officer designation pinning, he discussed the future of surface warfare referencing his “Distributed Lethality” article published in the January 2015 issue of Proceedings magazine.
In further discussions with the ship’s chief petty officers mess, he also discussed planned maintenance system issues, several new initiatives, and overall Sailor morale.
“I am grateful that Vice Adm. Rowden set aside valuable time during his visit to talk to the Chief’s Mess,” said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW) Monique Lewis. “I am excited about the ideas he brought to the table, specifically, the pilot program to bring personnel specialists back to the ship.”
Rowden wrapped up his visit with a tour of the ship to see the major upgrades Pearl Harbor is receiving. During the tour, he had the opportunity to talk to the Sailors and thank them for their efforts during the EDPMA.
“I believe everyone on board enjoyed Vice Adm. Rowden’s visit,” said Cmdr. K. D. Sanders, Pearl Harbor’s commanding officer. “He was happy the crew retained ownership of the ship while in the yards and was able to articulate that extended shipyard periods make us appreciate the time we have underway.”
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