USS Michigan Crew Hones Skills Prior to Deployment

Thursday, May 15, 2008

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Dagendesh, , Det. Northwest
USS Michigan (SSGN 727) (Blue) crew Sailors underwent topside line-handling training outside Trident Training Facility at Naval Base Kitsap, on May 7.
Members of the submarine's crew used the training to keep abreast of the important aspects of Navy life and seamanship, such as line-handling. (Blue) Chief of the Boat (COB), Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Thomas Metcalf said that training like this instills pride and professionalism.
"The reason for this training is to get myself, as the COB, and my crew onto the same sheet of music," said Metcalf. "We are doing this so the crew is efficient in their responsibilities prior to deployment."
Prior to any deployment, a series of training evolutions must be conducted with the purpose of testing the battle readiness of not only the ship but, most importantly, her crew.
"I personally thought the training went well," said Fire Control Technician 2nd Class (SS) David Fox. "It was a very productive experience and everyone responded well."
During the training exercise, which took place outdoors, the (Blue) crew learned a variety of procedures, positions, and maritime safety and security.
"It was a fantastic opportunity for personnel to learn and I believe it was very productive for the crew," said Fox.
is scheduled to make her initial deployment as a guided missile submarine (SSGN) later this year. The presence of SSGN serves as a deterrent to potential adversaries as her inherent stealth, increased strike capacity, enhanced communications and endurance ensure a tactical advantage over our enemies.

This is pretty important stuff," said Chief Electrician's Mate (SS) Tony Lighty. "Being a topside line handler can be a pretty dangerous job if the crew is unknowledgeable. It could be a matter of life and death, so that is why we are here today conducting the training. Our goal is to make sure the crew gets qualified and knows what to do when they are called upon."

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