US Navy’s PCU Michael Monsoor sailors finish crew certification phase

14 November 2018 (Last Updated November 14th, 2018 11:32)

Sailors from the US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), have concluded the second phase of crew certification.

US Navy’s PCU Michael Monsoor sailors finish crew certification phase
The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) departs the GD Bath Iron Works shipyard. Credit: US Navy photo/Released.

Sailors from the US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), have concluded the second phase of crew certification.

Crew certification was carried out to ensure that the members are ready for sea before the vessel departed for commissioning with the US Navy.

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor commanding officer captain Scott Smith said: “We were very focused in our training leading up to the drills and inspections, and I was pleased to see how the crew responded to the stressors of crew certification.”

During assessments, sailors assigned to Afloat Training Group (ATG), Commander Zumwalt Squadron (COMZRON) 1, and other systems trainers and subject matter experts tested the knowledge and ability of the crew to operate at sea.

The ATG and other inspectors monitored how the destroyer’s training teams performed drills for the crew members in order to train them with the vessel and its systems.

“After observing throughout the week, I feel that this crew is proficient and will operate in accordance with standard written procedures.”

In order to test the crew’s ability, COMZRON 1, ATG and representatives from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 conducted more than 25 different evaluations, including medical, navigation and seamanship, damage control, and visual information drills.

COMZRON 1 chief boatswain’s mate Joyce Flynn said: “During our certification process,  we tested three underway watch sections with eight drills per section.

“After observing throughout the week, I feel that this crew is proficient and will operate in accordance with standard written procedures.”

The DDG 1001 departed the General Dynamics’ (GD) Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine, to set sail to California, where the ship is slated for commissioning with the US Navy on 26 January next year.

With its arrival in San Diego, the future USS Michael Monsoor will begin a post-delivery availability and undergo future testing and assessments.