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.
, 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 (3M) program.
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 Affairs