Preble Sailors Take Aim During Gun Qualification


Story Number: NNS180103-11Release Date: 1/3/2018 10:12:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall USS Preble Public Affairs

ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) participated in a live-fire gunnery exercise, Dec. 23.

During the weapons familiarization and qualification exercise, Sailors operated the M2 .50-caliber machine gun and the M240B machine gun.

The purpose of the shoot was to train and qualify the newest members of the small craft action team (SCAT), Preble's at-sea and in-port security force.

"Each weapon system is different, so receiving familiarization lessens the likelihood of an accident occurring," said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Robert J. Schmidt, a member of SCAT. "Going through the course of fire and receiving that experience ensures that each participant is an asset to the team."

The M240B machine gun shooters for the day were primarily quartermasters and boatswain's mates. M240Bs are mounted on the bridge wing, near where those rates typically stand watch.

"Expeditious response to emergency situations is extremely important, that's why we have to be trained as SCAT members," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Cameron Hood, gun shoot participant and bridge watchstander. "It's been about four months since I last shot. I was excited to shoot, but I had to keep my heart rate low and focus on the target."

Regularly-scheduled weapons familiarization and qualification shoots are held every few months as an ongoing effort to maintain mission readiness and level of knowledge aboard Preble.

Preble is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 9, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sampson (DDG 102). The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy's routine presence in waters around the globe, displaying commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations. Preble departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a regularly scheduled deployment, Oct. 16, to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

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Yeoman 3rd Class Jalen J. Mathena fires a .50 caliber machine gun as Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Kyle A. Bonsiero observes his performance during a training exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).
171024-N-IA905-1144 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 24, 2017) Yeoman 3rd Class Jalen J. Mathena fires a .50 caliber machine gun as Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Kyle A. Bonsiero observes his performance during a training exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88). The ship is deployed with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, conducting maritime security, forward presence and theater security operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Morgan K. Nall/Released)
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