USS Truxtun Holds First Damage Control Olympics
Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) held its first Damage Control Olympics competition on the ship's flight deck, Oct. 9.
Sailors from the ship's three repair lockers competed in five competitions, putting their damage control knowledge and skills to the test. The events included a P-100 pump rigging drill, a fire-hose assembly relay race, a pipe-patching competition, fire fighting-ensemble relay race, and rapid plotting drills.
"I've learned the basic damage control techniques before, but this offered me a chance to get real hands-on training," said Sonar Technician (Surface) Seaman Apprentice Kari Merrill.
The competition offered Sailors an opportunity to test both their speed and accuracy when performing damage control tasks, and on scene judges awarded points for completing a task the fastest.
"We have to train like we fight, and we make training as real as we can," said Damage Controlman 2nd Class John Vigilant. "It's great to watch the ship train as a team while becoming more efficient in damage control."
At the end of the competition, repair locker three claimed the victory with 67 points, winning by four points.
"Teamwork and motivation are essential in any Damage Control training event," said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Andrea Monzon, repair locker three's team leader. "I am very proud of my repair locker and their accomplishment in winning 1st place in the Damage Control Olympics."
Truxtun is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group, comprised of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers Truxtun and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
Article by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis, USS Truxtun Public Affairs