Sailors Aboard USS New Orleans Participate in Series of AT/FP Exercises

first_img View post tag: Aboard Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Aboard USS New Orleans Participate in Series of AT/FP Exercises View post tag: Exercises View post tag: AT/FP Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) participated in a series of Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) exercises, Dec. 5 as the ship continued on its current deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).The quarterly training required Sailors to man a simulated entry control point (ECP) and identify potential threats to the ship.These were the first AT/FP exercises of New Orleans’ now three-week-old deployment, and required participation from each of the ship’s duty sections to test Sailors reactions to different situations.“All the duty sections will go through these drills and put this training into action,” said Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) 1st Class Benjamin Myers, a member of the AT/FP training team.Marines of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) were used as role players in an attempt to make the situations as real as possible for the Sailors undergoing the training.Scenarios included the Marine role players attempting to board the ship without proper identification, and trying to penetrate the ECP with a simulated improvised explosive device.“I like to have the mentality of ‘when’ it’s going to happen, not ‘if,’” said Chief Master-at-Arms Edward Mendoza, AT/FP training team coordinator. “It keeps your mindset more alert and I try to give that mentality to the watchstanders because my priority is the safety of the ship. We need to make sure we can protect it.”Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Benoit Cisneros, who took part in the drills, said the training offered realistic scenarios.“The likelihood of someone trying to come on the ship that forgot his or her ID or trying to use someone else’s is very realistic,” he said. “Some of the scenarios are not uncommon, so it’s good we all have the same level of training so we know how to respond.”New Orleans is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 5, commanded by Capt. Humberto L. Quintanilla II, and along with embarked 11th MEU Marines, the ship is deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.Commissioned in 2007, New Orleans is the second of the San Antonio-class transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment.The 7th Fleet AOR includes more than 52 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian oceans, stretching from the international date line to the east coast of Africa, and from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south.More than half of the world’s population lives within the 7th Fleet AOR. In addition, more than 80 percent of that population lives within 500 miles of the oceans, which means this is an inherently maritime region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 07, 2011 Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Newcenter_img Sailors Aboard USS New Orleans Participate in Series of AT/FP Exercises December 7, 2011 View post tag: Orleans View post tag: participate View post tag: sailors View post tag: Series View post tag: Navy Training & Educationlast_img read more

HMS Dauntless Returns Home to Portsmouth, UK

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Dauntless Returns Home to Portsmouth, UK View post tag: Returns View post tag: UK View post tag: Portsmouth October 31, 2012 View post tag: Dauntless HMS Dauntless returned home to Portsmouth yesterday (Tuesday 30) from her maiden deployment circumnavigating the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was met by hundreds of family and friends pleased to see their loved ones after seven months away at sea.The Type 45 destroyer has clocked up 30,000 miles visiting 18 countries across four continents carrying out security patrols, counter piracy and counter drugs operations and multinational exercises.Starting with Portugal HMS Dauntless went on to visit the Cape Verde Islands, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa.Following a short routine patrol of the Falklands Islands she headed up to the Caribbean where she visited Columbia, took part in a multinational exercise and was on standby to support potential humanitarian disaster relief operations during the peak of the hurricane season.She then spent time in the United States before heading home.Her Commanding Officer, Captain Will Warrender, said:“As Dauntless returns from her first operational deployment I am immensely proud of what my ship’s company has achieved.“The first Type 45 deployment to the South Atlantic provided the setting for an exceptionally diversedeployment.“It demonstrated what can be achieved over a wide area by one ship operating alone conducting a variety of operations and exercises.”During a series of exercises Dauntless worked with 27 other navies and provided training for 600 foreign military personnel.The ship also played host to almost 4,000 diplomatic guests on behalf of UK embassies and consulates in every port she visited. And she conducted several events in support of defence sales and UK trade and industry.Capt Warrender added:“Dauntless has not only demonstrated the exceptional flexibility of a warship, but that a modern and highly sophisticated Destroyer is much more than just a platform from which to fight.”Nineteen year-old Able Seaman Warfare Specialist Ryan Skipper, the youngest crew member, said:“Visiting so many different countries has been great.“We have been to some superb places and done so many different sorts of things, it has just been one massive experience from start to finish.“For my first trip away I think I have been really lucky with this one, seeing the world is one of the things that we all want to do whilst we’re in the Navy, so seeing four continents in just one go has been brilliant.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 31, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS Share this article HMS Dauntless Returns Home to Portsmouth, UK Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: homelast_img read more