The US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) has taken part in a ‘fast cruise’ exercise held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan.
The exercise involves simulation of an underway period, aimed at fortifying the vessel and crew to resume operations at sea after being docked for seven months.
The fast cruise process began with a sea and anchor exercise, which is an evolution designed to reflect the ship getting underway from the pier.
First sea and anchor evolution conning officer Ensign Kelly Maw said: "The sea and anchor was pretty hectic, as there were a lot of new watch standers and because it has been so long since we have gone through those motions.
"After a while, everyone settled back into a rhythm and the drills started to run much more smoothly. We had a lot of lessons learned, which will make our actual underway work that much more seamlessly."
The exercise also featured an array of drills, including loss of steering, low visibility, man overboard, engineering drills, small boat operations, Condition II anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and general quarters.
The exercise reached its climax with the abandon ship drill, which assessed the crew’s readiness to address the situation while being designated at specified locations on the ship for each of their lifeboats.
Seaman Anna Rhodes said: "I felt that doing the abandon ship drill was helpful because before the drill, no one knew where they were supposed to go or what they were supposed to do if we had to abandon ship."
The 173m-long USS Shiloh (CG 67) has a displacement of 9800t, can achieve a speed in excess of 30k and are equipped with Aegis Combat System.
USS Shiloh is a part of George Washington Carrier Strike Group, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and participated in a range of multilateral ballistic missile defence operations and exercises with partner nation navies to demonstrate the importance of security and stability in the region.