SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, alongside Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego, the San Diego Engineering Readiness Assistance Team (ERAT) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) hosted ship-to-shore power training, April 13.
Shore power is the delivery of pierside electrical power to a ship at berth while its main and auxiliary engines are shut down. Utilizing shore power saves consumption of fuel that would otherwise be used to power vessels while in port, and eliminates the air pollution associated with consumption of that fuel.
The four commands worked side-by-side with Sailors from across the waterfront, training and helping them to learn how to operate and maintain some of the most complex equipment in the Navy. Conducting this training was to prevent mishaps and mitigate risks of shipboard fires.
"We want to get everyone familiarized with the proper way to connect and disconnect with torque values and proper procedural compliance," said Capt. (Sel) Robert Bailey, ESG-3's N4 Assistant Chief of Staff. Bailey was the lead organizer for the training event.
Alfonso Jo, NAVFAC's Metro Production Office Utilities Superintendent, stated that having a list of the things that ships are supposed to check, along with having the necessary parts on-hand to be able to fix those things, would make the ship-to-shore power evolution more safe and sound. This also would ultimately lead to a Maintenance Requirement Card for ships to follow.
Steve Davidson, ERAT's Electrical and Auxiliary subject matter expert, went over what Sailors can do to better prevent them from experiencing any future mishaps.
"We need to give our guys more hands-on training because not everyone learns from looking at the powerpoints," Davidson said. "Step-by-step procedures, getting these guys in the action via the proper training tools in a safe manner, can be the difference maker here."
ESG-3 comprises three amphibious squadrons, eight naval support elements and 14 amphibious warships comprised of more than 14,000 active-duty and reserve Sailors and Marines. The mission of ESG-3 is to serve as the command element for Marine expeditionary-brigade level expeditionary operations as commander of an amphibious task force.
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