San Diego – The Search and Rescue (SAR) team
aboard USS Stethem recently completed their search and rescue certification
certification included material and administrative checks, exercises to recover
a man overboard using both the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and foc’sle
and a test of competency in plotting man overboard.
SARCERT was a challenging certification where we were able to prove proficiency
in one of the most important mission areas, life-saving at sea.” First Lt. and
SAR Officer, Ensign Nick Melara said. “Our team enjoyed working with (Afloat
Training Group) and welcomed their assistance in fine tuning our SAR
swimmers knowledge, proficiency and gear were checked on the first week of the
and inspections ensure we are always ready to respond and have the requisite
knowledge to do so” said Lt. j.g. Eric Chamberlin, Stethem’s SAR swimmer.
swimmers also have to pass a grueling physical fitness test, which includes a
400 meter buddy tow and a recovery of a man overboard using the rescue stokes
litter. The SAR swimmers maintain their
physical condition with weekly training sessions in the pool and quarterly
drills at sea.
second week of the inspection the operations specialist (OS) team certified in
SAR plotting. During the five hour
written test, the team was tested on their ability to accurately plot a man
overboard with variables such as wind, sea state, temperature and current.
last day of the certification, the man overboard recovery team and SAR swimmers
conducted a man overboard drill under the watchful eye of ATG San Diego. The teams executed the drills without a single
worked very hard to prepare for this inspection,” said Boatswain’s Mate First
Class Ingram Betron. “Our hard work paid off as we certified without a single
SAR team is certified until 2023.
USS Stethem is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile
destroyer homeported in San Diego and is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two