Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) successfully completed crew certification phase two prior to departing Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine Nov. 9, certifying the crew ready for sea.
During crew certification, Sailors assigned to Afloat Training Group (ATG), Commander, Zumwalt Squadron (COMZRON) 1, and other systems trainers and subject matter experts tested the crew’s knowledge to ensure they were ready to go to sea, fight the ship, and safely transit to San Diego.
Capt. Scott Smith, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor’s commanding officer, said the crew has been on a mission to prove the crew’s readiness and proficiency, and that they performed well during the assessments.
“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. We are excited to be underway and heading to our homeport,” said Smith.
Throughout the week, ATG and the other inspectors monitored how the ship’s training teams conducted drills for the crew members. Every ship needs to be able to train its own people, and to ensure their familiarity with the ship and its systems.
“During our certification process we tested three underway watch sections with eight drills per section,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joyce Flynn, from COMZRON 1. “After observing throughout the week, I feel that this crew is proficient and will operate in accordance with standard written procedures.”
During the crew certification and fast cruise, COMZRON 1, ATG, and representatives from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 put Michael Monsoor’s crew through more than 25 different assessments, including medical, navigation and seamanship, damage control, and visual information drills.
Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC), Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Manuel Toledo says the crew is ready to handle any medical emergency that could happen while underway.
“Based on how the Sailors responded to the different scenarios, I am very confident that this crew will respond appropriately to take care of each other if the need arises,” said Toledo.
“I have truly been impressed with your attitude, your enthusiasm, and your constant desire for self-improvement,” said Capt. Scott Carroll, commodore, COMZRON 1 at an all-hands call with the crew. “I wish you a safe journey and look forward to having this ship join the fleet.”
The future USS Michael Monsoor is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers and is transiting to San Diego. Upon arrival, Michael Monsoor will begin a post-delivery availability and undergo further testing and evaluation. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned into the Navy Jan. 26, 2019, in Coronado, Calif.