After successfully completing over 10 drills during a three-day period, USS Tarawa (LHA1) passed the Unit Level Training Readiness Assessment Sustainment (ULTRA-S) inspection June 28.
Alpha fires, mines in the water, man overboard and intruder on the quarterdeck were some of the different types of drills Tarawa conducted. Throughout the inspection, Tarawaâ€™s training teams in damage control, combat systems, force protection, medical and others were evaluated through training team scenarios by Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific. The assessment also covers seamanship, navigation and the Maintenance Material Management
â€œULTRA-S is basically a way for ATG to be able to establish whether or not the commandâ€™s training teams have been doing their job and making sure everything is correct and current,â€ said Damage Controlman Chief Gary Wise, ATG Member.
The crewâ€™s enthusiasm and energy throughout ULTRA-S resulted in scores of 100 in five categories: Air Department, Cryptology, Intelligence, Search and Rescue, and Undersea Warfare.
â€œIt is just a snapshot of where the shipâ€™s training is at and to make sure everything is on track. We have seen a lot of good motivation, the crew has been doing very well, the training groups are knowledgeable and they are doing a great job together,â€ added Wise.
Some drills where ship-wide and involved every Sailor and all seven repair lockers, while other drills focused on a particular duty sectionâ€™s in-port emergency response team or repair locker.
â€œConcluding our 10 drill assessment, ATG and Tarawa training members seem to be on the same page with
the level of readiness of the crew,â€ said Tarawaâ€™s Damage Control training team member Damage Controlman Chief Jimmy Bailey.
Since early March, Tarawa Sailors have been performing drills at least three times a week.
â€œThe practice drills have been going on for a long time and you can really notice a difference in motivation and proficiency in the crew,â€ said Hull Technician 2nd Class Adrian Garcia. â€œWe are communicating and working as a team, itâ€™s great how weâ€™re all fitting together.â€
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elena Velazquez, USS Tarawa Public