USS Germantown Certifies Intelligence Warfare Mission Area with Flying Colors
U.S. Navy file of USS Germantown (LSD 42), Aug. 2014.
USS Germantown Certifies Intelligence Warfare Mission Area with Flying Colors
By Lt. Jesse Rond, USS Germantown Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan – The crew of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) completed important intelligence warfare (IW) certification events as part of the Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), Jan. 21 to Feb. 6.

The ship’s intelligence team, led by Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Bruce Weaver, prepared for the certification months in advance.

“I started contacting the inspector as early as six months before the certification,” said Weaver. “I emailed him all of my questions and even met up with him for a meeting at the food court prior to commencing the certification.”

All of his hard work to identify mission requirements at an early stage really paid off. The certification ended with a 100% score in the areas of intelligence administration, watchstander briefs, and anti-terrorism briefs.

Drills were conducted on the Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Interpretation and Examination (SNOOPIE) Team with a final score of 99%. The Maritime Interdiction and Operations (MIO) brief was the lowest scoring evolution, which was still assessed at 95%.

“This ship’s intelligence team was the most motivated and professional team I have evaluated in a long time,” said Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Christopher T. Todd Lott, Afloat Training Group Western Pacific lead inspector for the IW certification. “It was obvious that they did all of their homework before I even stepped onto the ship. It is incredible when a team has all of the administration and drill preparation ready because it enables me to be more of teacher and less of a disciplinarian.”

The certification progressed from Readiness Evaluation Three (READ-E 3) to 2.0/2.1 so well from the beginning that the inspector waived the 2.2 training, which is one of the four inspection sections. This meant the entire certification process was shortened by a week.

“It isn’t too often I can do that,” said Lott. “They were feeding me everything I needed to see exactly how I needed to see it. To have completed the 2.2 would have simply been redundant.”

Cmdr. Gary Harrington, Germantown’s commanding officer, said he couldn’t have been more pleased with the results of the certification.

“I challenged the team to prepare early for this event and all those early preparations really paid off,” said Harrington. “Saving a week of training time to focus on other tasking is huge in the FDNF. I am really proud of the team and all the hard work they put into earning this certification.”

The IW team on board Germantown made an incredible mark on the waterfront by demonstrating how to complete a certification with preparation and professionalism. They proved that it really does pay off to do a job right the first time.
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