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August 10, 2022

US MSC ship Medgar Evers’ crew completes afloat team tailored training

The training drills aimed to enhance damage control responses of T-AKE 13 crew members.

Crew members aboard the US Navy’s Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ammunition vessel USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) have completed afloat team tailored training.

The dry cargo ammunition ship is operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The training involved a series of exercises along with practical and scenario-driven damage control events.

It included main space fire drills, abandon ship drills and chemical, biological and radiological defence (CBRD) classes.

The training exercise aimed to enhance the damage control responses of the crew members.

Medgar Evers ship master captain Zachary Daniels said: “The goal is to feel confident and comfortable with all the different damage control scenarios we may come across.

“We want to know whatever emergency comes up, whether it’s DC, CBRD, firefighting or any other type of damage control scenario we’re able to respond appropriately.”

MSC’s afloat training team comprised of former and current Civil Service Mariners (CIVMARs).

The CIVMARs are aware of the shipboard operations and how crucial MSC is for maintaining operability across a variety of military spectrum.

MSC afloat training team instructor Mario Majors said: “When they’re underway on these ships and conducting operations, they’re working for the Department of the Navy.

“They’re supporting the operating fleet, and they provide a vital service. If they become mission ineffective, the fleet will not be able to carry out their mission.

“They need to be able to keep the ship afloat so the fleet can carry out its mission.”

The Lewis and Clark-class ship Medgar Evers has already completed its shipyard availability for overhaul/dry-docking, earlier this year.

The vessel has recently commenced its shipboard qualification trials (SQTs) to prepare for the future deployments.

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