The officers of the pre commissioning unit for the CHAFEE (DDG-90) participated in shiphandling
training on the 3rd and 4th of April at MarineSafety International's
Newport training complex. . The main area of concentration, during this
first of three scheduled visits, was to prepare for their first time
underway, transiting from Bath, Maine, where the ship was built, to
Newport, Rhode Island
for the commissioning ceremony on 18 October.
The officers engaged in specific simulator exercises with situations
expected when entering and leaving Narragansett Bay and the approaches to
Pier 2 at Coddington Cove, Naval Station Newport. Simulated tugs
replicating those actually available in Newport were used to assist the
ship to come alongside the dock. In addition, they practiced underway
replenishment (UNREP) and transit exercises, as well as mooring and
un-mooring exercises in varying wind and environmental conditions.
MarineSafety, with simulation facilities at Newport, RI, Norfolk, VA and
San Diego, CA, provides shiphandling training to several thousand naval
officers per year. Pre-commissioning training is especially valuable
because it provides a unique opportunity for the CO and XO to become
familiar with the capabilities of the newly assigned deck officers in
handling the new ship under a variety of conditions
After it has been commissioned, the USS CHAFEE (DDG-90) will be home
ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.