The US Navy’s deck department on the America-class amphibious assault ship USS America has completed final preparations for its upcoming mobility seaman (MOB-S) certification.
MOB-S is a general seamanship deck inspection of all deck equipment and a performance of anchoring and underway replenishment (UNREP) evolutions.
USS America’s deck department has been inventorying and testing the equipment used for these evolutions, which includes mooring lines, turn buckle wrenches, anchor chain jacks, emergency personnel transfer equipment, and a variety of hand tools over the past two months.
The sailors have been practising both anchoring and UNREP evolutions.
Boatswain mate 1st class Leslie Walker first division leading petty officer said: "To prepare for MOB-S, there’s a lot of maintenance into making sure all of our gear is capable of operating to its full ability.
"It’s important for us to break out gear and make sure everything is where it needs to be, so we know we have everything we need to operate the ship safely."
Contractors are also working on a portion of the ship’s spaces as it is conducting a post-shakedown availability (PSA).
Walker added: "We’ve been burning the midnight oil, on top of all the other work we have going on in preparation for this inspection.
"It’s been a good process and hopefully the outcome is what we expect for all the hard work we put in."
USS America (LHA-6) is the fourth American warship that is as large as the aircraft carriers of many other nations, and can fulfil similar missions when configured with 20 F-35B strike fighters.
The ship comprises a reconfigurable command and control complex, an on-board hospital, additional aviation fuel capacity, and aviation support spaces.